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Title: The structure of professional communication among cross-community youth leaders in North Belfast
Author: Smith, S. S.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5367 3786
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2014
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This dissertation explores the communicative network of cross-community youth leaders in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Following decades of social, political and armed conflict, North Belfast remains a deeply divided locality in which the two predominant communities (Catholic/Nationalist/Republican and Protestant/Unionist/Loyalist) live in close proximity, but whose members typically socialize, reside and attend schools in distinct areas, often separated by high walls and territorial boundaries. With the intention of promoting 'cross-community' relations, a multitude of youth projects operate across the area. The projects are designed to include young people from both sides of the community divide and rely on the work of self-motivated adult leaders, each with varying professional social networks. This study views the population of youth leaders as potential building blocks for improving inter-communal relations in North Belfast. Problematically, little is currently known about youth leader relations; therefore, this dissertation provides an exhaustive description of the professional structure of youth leaders by employing social network analytic tools and appropriate qualitative methods. Major findings deriving from this study indicate that youth leaders are not operating on a level playing field across North Belfast, that there is an uneven distribution of both social and economic capital and there are a variety of detrimental features that are supported and reinforced by external and internal structural barriers.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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