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

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  • External authors:
  • Bree Hocking
  • Brendan Sturgeon
  • Duncan Whyatt
  • Gemma Davies
  • John Dixon
  • Neil Jarman
  • Dominic Bryan


While an exploration of mobility patterns in ‘post-conflict’ societies has much to tell us about how division is produced through ordinary activities, relatively little work has considered the practical application of a mobilities ‘lens’ during fieldwork. 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.

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Original languageEnglish
Early online date21 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018