Divided We Stand?: Mapping patterns of shared and separated space (Community Relations Council)

Orna Young, Stephen Roulston

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The pilot project “Divided We Stand” was completed in Northern Ireland in 2011, funded by the Community Relations Council and implemented by the Nerve Centre, Derry. Arising from a perception that despite relative peace in Northern Ireland, fundamental divisions still exist, the project involved examining the movement of 16 to 17 year old students, some from the Catholic community and others from the Protestant community. The project used GPS devices to track student movements over a one week period. This paper examines the views of all the students and their perception of the impact of segregation on their lives. It focuses on the results from just two schools from the same city to examine how the technology was used by 12 learners and evaluates the results. Differences in movement patterns in the two groups are noted and a worrying lack of contact is identified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-53
JournalShared Space (Community Relations Council)
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Oct 2012

Bibliographical note

Reference text: Hamilton, J., Hansson, U., Bell, J. and Toucas, S. (2008), Segregated Lives: Social
Division, Sectarianism and Everyday Life in Northern Ireland. Institute for Conflict
Komarova, M. (2008), ‘Shared Space in Belfast and the Limits of a Shared
Future’, Divided Cities/Contested States Working Paper No.3. Available from
http://www.conflictincities.org/PDFs/WorkingPaper3rev_11.3.10.pdf. Accessed
Leonard, M. and McKnight, M. (2010), ‘Teenagers’ Perceptions of Belfast as a
Divided and/or Shared City’ in Shared Space issue 10, November 2010, Community
Relations Council.
Available from http://www.community-relations.org.uk/fs/doc/chapter-two.pdf.
Accessed 18.5.11


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