Spatial segregation and labour market processes in Belfast

Brendan Murtagh, Peter Shirlow

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This article examines the nature of labour market exclusion in Belfast and policy responses to the dilemmas of ethnic space. It highlights the value of an area-based approach to understanding the way in which social and ethno-sectarian segregation mediates access to production sites and job opportunities in the wider urban economy. Research from the Belfast metropolitan labour market is used to identify the importance of employment in neutral areas, which can stimulate access from ethnically and socially polarised communities. The article argues for a spatial approach to understanding the structuring of labour market opportunities and constraints and it concludes by highlighting the implications for policy and practice in ethnically territorialised spaces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-375
Number of pages15
JournalPolicy and Politics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration


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