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Cohesion, sharing and integration? Migrant languages and cultural spaces in Northern Ireland's urban environment

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McDermott, Philip (2012) Cohesion, sharing and integration? Migrant languages and cultural spaces in Northern Ireland's urban environment. Current Issues in Language Planning, 13 (3). pp. 187-205. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14664208.2012.722377

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14664208.2012.722377

Abstract

This article investigates the position of migrant languages in Northern Ireland's two largest cities, Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. The paper comments on how deliberations around public policy objectives in a post-conflict era have led to a broader understanding of cultural identity and consequently to an ‘opening-up’ of urban spaces for speakers of migrant community languages. For such linguistic minorities, museums, libraries, community festivals, arts projects and grass roots community initiatives can be noted as especially important in contributing to higher levels of inclusion and accessibility to urban spaces. Nonetheless, while the debates on such ‘peace-oriented’ policy frameworks have certainly accommodated the wider visibility and use of migrant languages in city spaces, there is more that can be done by planners in these sectors to further enhance opportunities for social cohesion.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies
ID Code:23434
Deposited By:Dr Philip McDermott
Deposited On:02 Oct 2012 06:53
Last Modified:02 Oct 2012 06:53

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