Dislocation, Unsettledness, and the Long-Term Consequences of Forced Displacement in Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’

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Abstract

Based on in-depth interviews, this article explores the long-term consequences of forced displacement during Northern Ireland's 30-year conflict. Despite the many successes of the peace process, the legacy of forced movement continues to manifest in a profound sense of dislocation and unsettledness in the present with regards to identity, place and belonging. It argues the neglect of displacement as a category of violence and harm within the peace process, bequeaths a large cohort of marginalized victims and survivors whose conflict-related losses have yet to be recognized, much less acknowledged and addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-34
Number of pages18
JournalSpace & Polity
Volume27
Issue number1
Early online date27 Dec 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished online - 27 Dec 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research is funded by the Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme and the Busteed Postdoctoral Fellowship, Institute of Irish Studies, at the University of Liverpool. The author wishes to express his sincere gratitude to all those participants who generously gave their time to share their stories for this research.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Keywords

  • Displacement
  • Northern Ireland
  • ontological security
  • Refugees
  • The Troubles

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