When Peace is Not Enough: The Flag Protests, the Politics of Identity & Belonging in East Belfast

Halliday, Donna and Ferguson, Neil (2015) When Peace is Not Enough: The Flag Protests, the Politics of Identity & Belonging in East Belfast. Irish Political Studies. pp. 1-17. ISSN 0790-7184 (Print) 1743-9078 (Online)

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Abstract

The flag protests that occurred during the tail of 2012 and early 2013 gained international media attention. Much of the media attention focused on the involvement of young people and sought to seek answers to how young people who had grown up in more peaceful times could be involved in violence that belonged in Northern Ireland’s past. Research being conducted by the authors during the course of the flag protests on young people’s experiences of living in post conflict Belfast enabled the researchers to gain insight and clarity on the flag protests, why they had occurred and underlying factors that fuelled the riots and violence that followed, giving a snap shot of the strength of feeling and overall mood of the Protestant community at that time. Using an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) approach, 2 focus groups with 14 young people aged between 15-24 (M=17 years), were conducted followed by more in-depth semi structured interviews with 6 young people from the focus groups and a further 6 interviews with youth and community workers from the East Belfast area.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in Irish Political Studies [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07907184.2015.1084291?journalCode=fips20
Keywords: flag protest; rioting; young people; identity; unionist; loyalist; East Belfast; culture
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Susan Blagbrough
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2016 16:04
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2017 01:15
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/823

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