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When Peace is Not Enough: The Flag Protests and The Politics of Identity and Belonging in East Belfast

Halliday, D and Ferguson, N (2016) When Peace is Not Enough: The Flag Protests and The Politics of Identity and Belonging in East Belfast. Irish Political Studies, 31 (4). pp. 525-540. ISSN 0790-7184

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Abstract

The flag protests that occurred during the tail of 2012 and early 2013 gained international media attention. Much of the media attention focused on the involvement of young people and sought to seek answers to how young people who had grown up in more peaceful times could be involved in violence that belonged in Northern Ireland’s past. Research being conducted by the authors during the course of the flag protests on young people’s experiences of living in post conflict Belfast enabled the researchers to gain insight and clarity on the flag protests, why they had occurred and underlying factors that fuelled the riots and violence that followed, giving a snap shot of the strength of feeling and overall mood of the Protestant community at that time. Using an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) approach, 2 focus groups with 14 young people aged between 15-24 (M=17 years), were conducted followed by more in-depth semi structured interviews with 6 young people from the focus groups and a further 6 interviews with youth and community workers from the East Belfast area.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Irish Political Studies on 1st October 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/07907184.2015.1084291
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1606 Political Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: School of Law
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2017 10:57
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 20:11
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/07907184.2015.1084291
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6921

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