The search for a place vision after the ‘troubles’
William J. V. Neill and Geraint Ellis
heritage for profit is of course unremarkable, given
the current imperatives that drive the representation and promotion of
place. What is remarkable in ‘post-conflictBelfast’ is that in less than a
decade the city has gone from leaving the memory of Titanic ‘on a sunken
plain of the psyche’, not wishing to draw much attention to its ‘ambiguous pride and embarrassment’,84 to active celebration in representing the
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Spatial planning in contested territory
post-conflict city through association with one of
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5 C. Doyle and R. McAreavey, ‘Possibilities for change? Diversity in post-conflictBelfast’, City 18:4–5 (2014), 466–475.
7 Census 2011, ‘Ethnicity, identity, language and religion – economic activity by main language’, www.ninis2.nisra.gov.uk , accessed 26 January 2019.
8 E. Morawska, ‘Studying international migration in the long(er) and short(er) durée’, International Migration Institute Working Papers Series 44 (Oxford: International
shared community resources change over a decade, offering a surprising diversion of integration pathways within the Polish group which is informed by their knowledge not only of spheres of ‘safety’, but also of what there is to become integrated into culturally. Spatial assimilation is highly evident in this exploration of Polish pathways to integration in Northern Ireland, as migrants develop independent knowledge of the host society over a decade and select the neighbourhoods, and neighbourhood cultures, of their preference. Even in the context of post-conflict