Re-remembering the Troubles: Community memorials, memory and identity in post-conflict Northern Ireland.

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Having reached the 15-year anniversary of the Belfast Agreement (1998) in 2013 there has been a growing interest in assessing how thoroughly the province has transitioned from long-term conflict to a normative, peaceful society. The means of assessing this transition vary but often analysis has concentrated on a mixture of event-focused indicators, such as reactions to cyclical parading and commemorative occasions, as well as more normative economic indicators. A subtler indicator is the role of placemaking – and particularly the implementation of peacebuilding theories in changing the meaning of place in a post-conflict context – in revealing if there have been real moves away from exclusionary and sectarian space associated with the conflict. Placemaking theory contends there is a need to address issues of territoriality, segregation and memory of conflict connected to place to ensure experiential moves from war to peace . In particular, it has been argued that normalizing Northern Ireland as a society is not just about high-level political agreements but needs mirroring in sectarian-free societal spaces, places and relationships. Therefore, the role of culture and art – from officially commissioned public art to community-created murals – is viewed as important in facilitating wider social changes as well as potentially revitalizing the economy through creating attractive tourist-friendly spaces.
TitelPost-Celtic Tiger Ireland : Exploring New Cultural Spaces
RedaktørerEstelle Epinoux, Frank Healy
Antal sider23
ForlagCambridge Scholars Press
ISBN (trykt)978-1-4438-9763-1, 1-4438-9763-9
StatusUdgivet - 2016

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