Urban segregation and community initiatives in Northern Ireland

Brendan Murtagh*

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The community problems created by Belfast's ethnic map are complex and severe. Poverty, accentuated by sectarian territory, has created intense social malaise in highly segregated areas of the city. However, there is comparatively little mention of these problems and processes in formal planning documents and it has been left to the community and voluntary sectors to develop locally responsive approaches. Fundamentally, the paper argues that the statutory system could learn much from these initiatives but that a more open, discursive and argumentative style of planning is an essential prerequisite for such a shift to occur.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-226
Number of pages8
JournalCommunity Development Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development


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