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Paramilitary Imprisonment in Northern Ireland: Resistance, Management, and Release

Kieran McEvoy


This book offers a unique analysis of paramilitary imprisonment in Northern Ireland. The central focus of the book is the struggle between inmates and the state concerning the prisoners' assertion of their status as political prisoners. Drawing upon interviews with former Republican and Loyalist prisoners as well as prison managers and staff, this book locates that experience within the broader theoretical literature on imprisonment. Four forms of prison resistance by which prisoners asserted their political status are examined. Dirty protest and hunger strike are characterised as resistance t ... More

Keywords: paramilitary imprisonment, Northern Ireland, Republican prisoners, Loyalist prisoners, prison resistance, hunger strike, escape, instrumental resistance, prison management, political prisoners

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198299073
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299073.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kieran McEvoy, author
The Queen's University, Belfast