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Terrorism in Northern Ireland

NCJ Number
A M Lee
Date Published
261 pages
The civil conflict in Northern Ireland is examined with respect to its historical and cultural origins as well as its current impacts on youth development; the probability that it will end as a result of growing social consciousness and the improved organization of those dedicated to a humane restructuring of society is explored.
The 10 articles and introduction are the result of the author's 10 field trips to Northern Ireland since 1955 and of his examination of available documentary materials. An analysis of interethnic conflict in the British Isles emphasizes the longstanding pervasiveness of class distinctions and methods used to divide the middle and especially the lower classes among themselves. A historical analysis shows how historical references and symbolism constantly recur in the propaganda of the current struggle and how the conflict of the Irish with the British 'invaders' goes back eight centuries. The social situation is examined in terms of the repression of human rights. The effects of the continuing violence on children are discussed. Terrorism as part of the strategies of the upper class, middle classes, and lower classes is considered, as are the ways in which acts of political terrorism can be perceived as a form of theater. Efforts by religious, voluntary, political, and governmental organizations to achieve peace are detailed, with emphasis on the changes gradually achieved through nonviolent confrontations and pressures. A map, chapter notes, and an index are supplied.


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