If you are not one of them you feel out of place: understanding divisions in a Northern Irish town

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This paper examines and reflects on the use of GPS tracking devices as a method to understand and analyse young people’s everyday movement in Northern Ireland, a divided society emerging from conflict. The paper also seeks to contribute to the extensive body of literature which already exists on young people’s geographies and movements within the Northern Ireland context. We highlight how the use of GPS together with more traditional methods gives us considerable insights of movements of young people in Northern Ireland and sheds light on the communal divisions in one town in Northern Ireland, Coleraine. We argue that the use of a GPS methodology significantly adds to the understanding of young people’s movements and geographies, particularly in a post-conflict context where notions of place and territory have particular significance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-465
Number of pages14
JournalChildren's Geographies
Issue number4
Early online date28 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2017



  • GPS
  • Northern Ireland
  • division
  • young people
  • conflict

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