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Ghost-Haunted LandContemporary Art and Post-Troubles Northern Ireland$
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Declan Long

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781784991449

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784991449.001.0001

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Same difference: post-Troubles contexts and contradictions

Same difference: post-Troubles contexts and contradictions

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Ghost-Haunted Land

Declan Long

Manchester University Press

Chapter one concentrates on the social and political developments pertinent to a study of post-Troubles art — asking what it means to talk in ‘post’ Troubles terms at all — and examines relevant contemporary art examples that offer distinctive, ambivalent perspectives on post-Troubles realities. Fundamental background details on the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement are combined with questions regarding the political and theoretical framing of this process of negotiation — keeping in mind the broader international contexts of a notional ‘post-Troubles’ situation. This widening of the frame (acknowledged globalisation as a factor in the peace process) is also vital in developing an adequate account of the art of this era, but diverse local outcomes of the Agreement are nonetheless acknowledged: from ongoing political problems caused by the ambiguities and inconsistencies of the Agreement itself, to material manifestations of ‘peace’ in architecture and the wider built environment of Belfast.

Keywords:   Good Friday Agreement, post-Troubles, peace process, globalisation, Belfast, contemporary art, architecture

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