Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsWelcome to week three of the Queen's University course - Identity, Conflict and Public Space. I'm standing at one of the many interface walls that separate Protestant and Catholic communities in Belfast. Last week we began to explore the nature of events and group identities in public space. And whilst all societies have some level of social division and conflict, in some types of society that conflict is particularly acute. This week we will examine societies with particular kinds of division, and the potential violent conflict that this can produce. In these divided societies, public spaces and events can be the site of contests. We will discuss why urban centres are often the site of these conflicts.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 secondsWe will discuss some of the examples which are familiar to many of us.

Introduction to week 3

Welcome to week 3 of our course. In the first two weeks we have examined the nature of social identity and some of the ways that identity might be expressed in public spaces. We now want to look more closely at conflict in society.

Whilst conflict exists as a part of all societies it is more acute in certain types of society. This week we want to examine what we have called ‘divided societies’ and particularly examine the role of identity and public space. In addition we will also examine why urban space, the city, is such an important part of that conflict.

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Identity, Conflict and Public Space

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