The formation and management of national identity and intergroup attitudes among school children in two polarised Belfast communities

  • Joanne Elizabeth Hughes

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    This thesis, which has been prompted by my own experiences of living and growing up in Belfast, sets out to explore how identities are constructed and contextually managed by school children from diverse environments. To this end two hundred and twenty eight Catholic and Protestant school children between the ages of 5 and 16, were selected for this study. Most of them (200) are from the West and South Belfast communities, Colindale and Bellevue respectively, and they attend "segregated" schools located within and around their own districts. The remaining 28 represent those who transferred (after primary education) from schools in the West and South of the city to the "integrated" secondary school Lisnareagh College, which is located in the countryside on the outskirts of Belfast.

    * Colindale, Bellevue and Lisnareagh are pseudonyms.
    Date of AwardDec 1992
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • Queen's University Belfast
    SupervisorKay Milton (Supervisor)

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