Territorialism: Leisure and community centres in Northern Ireland

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The pattern of council leisure provision in Northern Ireland can be viewed in territorial terms. There are examples of leisure and community centres sited to serve one community to the exclusion of another. The corollary of such an approach is to blame district councils for using leisure services, in the absence of other major functions, in an overtly political and sectarian manner. Such a stricture ignores many other factors which have influenced leisure provision in the province beyond the control of local government. On balance, public leisure provision in Northern Ireland is apolitical. Existing structures of division, the cultural and institutional processes which perpetuate sectarian polarization impact upon leisure and subordinate the overt or covert political motivations of councillors. This is equally true of other public services in the province such as education and housing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-264
Number of pages14
JournalLeisure Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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