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Negotiating the Ground: ‘Mobilizing’ a Divided Field Site in the ‘Post-Conflict’ City

Hocking, Bree T.; Sturgeon, Brendan; Whyatt, Duncan; Davies, Gemma; Huck, Jonny; Dixon, John; Jarman, Neil and Bryan, Dominic (2018). Negotiating the Ground: ‘Mobilizing’ a Divided Field Site in the ‘Post-Conflict’ City. Mobilities, 13(6) pp. 876–893.

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While an exploration of mobility patterns in ‘post-conflict’ societies has much to tell us about how division is produced through ordinary activities, less work has considered the practical application of a mobilities ‘lens’ during fieldwork in such contexts. Negotiating the ground in highly polarized contexts presents a unique array of challenges, but also offers opportunities to make use of mobile methodologies. This paper discusses the advantages of GPS-based technologies and walking interviews to a recent activity-space segregation study in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and reflects on methodological issues posed by the ‘post-conflict’ field site.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1745-011X
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
The Belfast Mobility Project: Intergroup contact, segregation and the time-geography of sectarian relations in Belfast (D-13-007-JD)ES/L016583/1ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: mobile methodologies; walking interviews; GPS tracking applications; activity-space segregation; researching post-conflict societies; urban polarization; Northern Ireland conflict
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 56421
Depositing User: John Dixon
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2018 10:32
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 12:52
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