Ordinary Everyday Walls - Normalising exception in segregated Belfast

Year published: 2017

Hastings Donnan and Neil Jarman

This chapter is a contribution to the discussion about the longevity and persistence of barriers in Belfast and offers an overview of the situation in the city. It provides a brief comparative review of the use of barriers as a means of dealing with conflict; outlines the overall number and location of security barriers in Belfast; explores the wider framework of designing for security; and finally considers the attitudes of residents to the barriers as part of a wider debate about when and how they might begin to be removed some twenty years after the armed conflict was brought to an end.