Paramilitary Loyalism: Identity and Change - Reed, Richard
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This book takes a provocative second look at paramilitary loyalism, charting the evolution of the loyalist identity through more than forty years of conflict and peace. Based on extensive documentary and oral evidence from former combatants, politicians and key interlocutors, it frames its analysis within a model of identity drawn from theoretical insights in the fields of sociology, anthropology and political theory. In its central premise - that understanding loyalism means stepping beyond the stock image of the loyalist as thuggish and reactive to engage instead with the complex, diverse…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
This book takes a provocative second look at paramilitary loyalism, charting the evolution of the loyalist identity through more than forty years of conflict and peace. Based on extensive documentary and oral evidence from former combatants, politicians and key interlocutors, it frames its analysis within a model of identity drawn from theoretical insights in the fields of sociology, anthropology and political theory. In its central premise - that understanding loyalism means stepping beyond the stock image of the loyalist as thuggish and reactive to engage instead with the complex, diverse and often contradictory reality underneath - the book further develops the analysis offered by recent scholarship on the subject.The book tells a story that traces a line from the chaotic, violent birth of the paramilitaries in the late 1960s and early 1970s to the challenges facing the organisations in the post-conflict landscape. In so doing, it draws out the defining humanity - in its many different guises - of the loyalist experience, re-emphasising these points in a final chapter that looks at loyalism in the context of extremist groups in South Africa, the Balkans, America, Germany and the United Kingdom. With its multi-disciplinary lens, the book will be of interest to a wide range of audiences, including students and scholars of Irish studies, terrorism and extremism, peace and conflict studies, criminology, psychology and political sociology, as well as the educated general reader seeking a closer understanding of loyalist paramilitarism or the role of identity in provoking and sustaining conflict.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: MANCHESTER UNIV PR
  • Seitenzahl: 264
  • Erscheinungstermin: 1. Juli 2015
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 236mm x 157mm x 25mm
  • Gewicht: 567g
  • ISBN-13: 9780719095306
  • ISBN-10: 0719095301
  • Artikelnr.: 42364956
Autorenporträt
Richard Reed is an Independent Scholar and a former Visiting Research Fellow in the School of History and Anthropology, Queen's University, Belfast
Inhaltsangabe
Introduction: Contradictions 1. Identity: Framing the discussion 2. Inception: Paramilitary mobilisation
1965 to 1972 3. Divergence: Politicos and militants
1972 to 1988 4. Fracture: Accords and violence
1988 to 2007 5. Transformation: Prepared for peace 6. Stasis: Ready for war 7. Abroad: Loyalism in comparative context Conclusion: Shades of grey References Selected Bibliography Index