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Gettysburg College

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Fall 2012

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Ireland: Transformation of Social and Political Conflict


This paper presents my findings from an Independent Study Project conducted over a three-­‐week period in Belfast on the role of community arts in a transitioning society, with a focus primarily on youth. I have found three themes concurrent with my research being that community arts can boost self-­‐confidence and build positive identity, they can be used as a tool for addressing difficult issues, and finally, that community arts can unify a community. The arts, as a cause of these themes, have the potential to help a society transition and transform from conflict.


Arts and Humanities | Civic and Community Engagement | Family, Life Course, and Society | Inequality and Stratification | Social and Cultural Anthropology


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