Violence in the Lives of Children and Youth in “Post-Conflict” Northern Ireland

Year published: 2013

Siobhán McAlister, Deena Haydon & Phil Scraton

QUB

While Northern Ireland experiences relative peace and political stability, its violent past is normalized in murals and commemorations, the language and posturing of opposition politics, segregated communities and social life. In “post-conflict” Northern Ireland, children and youth disproportionately experience paramilitarystyle attacks and routine sectarian violence. The violence of poverty and restricted
opportunities within communities debilitated by three decades of conflict is masked by a discourse of social, economic and political progress. Drawing on qualitativeresearch, this paper illustrates the continued legacy and impacts of violence on thelives of children and youth living in post-ceasefire Northern Ireland.