Reconfiguring spaces of conflict: Northern Ireland and the impact of European integration

Katy Hayward, Thomas Diez

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Abstract

The Irish border has historically been one of the most contested borders in Europe. In the context of the peace process and EU membership, co-operation between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has been encouraged, supported and normalised, although internal borders of segregation stubbornly remain. This paper offers a conceptualisation of borders in conflict cases and a theoretical account of how European integration can affect their transformation. Analysis of the Northern Ireland case shows there are ambiguities within integration that allow for a ‘rebordering’ of identities at the same time as the state border diminishes in significance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-62
Number of pages16
JournalSpace and Polity
Volume12(1)
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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