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By Peter Shirlow;Kieran McEvoy

This booklet offers the 1st certain exam of the function performed via former loyalist and republican prisoners in grass roots clash transformation paintings within the Northern eire peace technique. It demanding situations the assumed passivity of former prisoners and ex-combatants. as an alternative, it means that such members and the teams which they shaped were key brokers of clash transformation. they've got supplied management in tough cultures of violence, constructed functional equipment of resolving inter-communal clash and located methods for groups to discover their bothered earlier. In analysing this, the authors problem the sterile demonisation of former prisoners and the techniques that continue their exclusion from common civic and social existence. The e-book is a positive reminder of the necessity for complete participation of either former warring parties and sufferers in post-conflict transformation. It additionally lays out a brand new time table for reconciliation which implies that clash transformation can and may start ‘from the extremes’. The booklet can be of curiosity to scholars of criminology, peace and clash reviews, legislation and politics, geography and sociology in addition to people with a selected curiosity within the Northern eire clash.

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The nature of the prison regime and the political system in which it is located will inevitably shape the nature of the prisoners’ resistance (Mathiesen, 1965). Amongst the prisoner groupings themselves, in addition to individual factors such as age and gender, styles of resistance will be fashioned by variables such as political ideology, prevalence of a political history within the prisoner culture, the calibre of recruits and leadership, and organisational capacity. Resistance may be expressed in a wide number of ways, ranging from the dramatic (escape, hunger strike or self-harm, legal challenge) to the routine (smuggled contraband, illicit communications, organisational discipline, political education).

As Margaret Thatcher summed up: ‘There is no such thing as political murder, political bombing or political violence. There is only criminal murder, criminal bombing and criminal violence. We will not compromise on this. ’10 Throughout the criminalisation period, prison managers and their political masters were involved in formulating policies which deliberately sought to obfuscate the political character of the prisoners, and placed the prisons front and centre in the broader political and ideological battles of the conflict.

The focus in Chapter 5 is on residual criminalisation and the ways in which this set of processes can act as an impediment in the ability of former prisoners to work both within and between their communities. Chapter 6 is concerned with the contribution of former prisoners in their communities, a theme which is further developed in Chapter 7, which employs qualitative evidence drawn from the focus groups and the workshop to elaborate on the contrasting experiences of both Republican and Loyalist politically motivated former prisoners at working within and between their respective communities.

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