Spacing commemorative-related violence in Northern Ireland: assessing the implications for a society in transition

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Abstract

This paper explores the geography of commemorative-related violence in Northern Ireland and considers its ramifications for a society in transition. Using original primary research, this article contributes to discussions on violence, space and memory through a spatial analysis of new quantitative archival data and existing archival material explored through a multi-disciplinary lens. It examines the complex relationship between the practices and processes of commemoration, the violence that it sometimes occasions and the places in which such violence exists. In unpacking this specific form of violence we consider the continued importance of both place and past in a post-conflict society. This includes a concern for the changing structures and forms of governance that influence how the past is negotiated as Northern Ireland marks a decade of commemorations leading up to the centenary of its contested creation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-243
JournalSpace & Polity
Volume19
Issue number3
Early online date3 Jul 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015

Keywords

  • space
  • commemoration
  • violence
  • conflict
  • memory
  • Northern Ireland

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