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This article examines how Catholic and Protestant youth in Belfast, Northern Ireland, experience social interactions in everyday urban spaces such as parks, streets, bars and shops. Findings highlight key individual and structural processes through which public spaces become used or not by young people from different backgrounds.

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Findings demonstrate the importance of both individual (e.g., past interaction experiences) and structural (e.g., aesthetics) aspects of urban spaces in influencing young people’s everyday interactions. They have implications for the development and use of physical spaces as sites of interaction in divided societies.

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This page is a summary of: Understanding the spatial dimension of youth intergroup contact in a postaccord society., Peace and Conflict Journal of Peace Psychology, February 2024, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/pac0000719.
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