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Island cities: the case of Belfast, Northern Ireland

Stephen A. Royle
Published Online: 2015-06-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mgrsd-2015-0002


The paper considers Belfast as an ‘island city’ with reference to issues of identity and economy and especially in connection with a series of statements from the ‘Futures of Islands’ briefing document prepared for the IGU’s Commission on Islands meeting in Kraków in August 2014. Belfast as a contested space, a hybrid British/Irish city on the island of Ireland, exemplifies well how ‘understandings of the past condition the future’, whilst the Belfast Agreement which brought the Northern Ireland peace process to its culmination after decades of violence known as the ‘Troubles’ speaks to ‘island ways of knowing, of comprehending problems - and their solutions’. Finally, Belfast certainly demonstrates that ‘island peoples shape their contested futures’

Keywords : Island cities; Belfast; Northern Ireland; islands; peace process


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About the article

Received: 2014-09-02

Accepted: 2015-03-10

Published Online: 2015-06-30

Published in Print: 2015-06-01

Citation Information: Miscellanea Geographica, Volume 19, Issue 2, Pages 5–8, ISSN (Online) 2084-6118, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mgrsd-2015-0002.

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