Faculty Publications

Title

The evolution of citizenship in a divided urban community: Local citizen engagement in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Citizenship, Conflict resolution, Northern Ireland, Urban conflict

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Urban Affairs Review

Volume

45

Issue

3

First Page

336

Last Page

376

Abstract

This article explores the complex interactions between national citizenship and local citizenship in the divided city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, as they are emerging a decade after the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement was signed. Utilizing in-depth, qualitative interviews with citizens with varied community roles and perspectives, combined with a media survey, this article addresses the question of how local citizenship is evolving in Belfast and how the evolution of a shared local citizenship may ultimately affect national citizenship. The study of this unique case sheds light on the broader theoretical question of the relationship between local and national citizenship within a democratic polity. © 2010 The Author(s).

Original Publication Date

1-1-2010

DOI of published version

10.1177/1078087409350440

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