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Paramilitary Imprisonment in Northern IrelandResistance, Management, and Release$
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Kieran McEvoy

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198299073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299073.001.0001

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Coping, Resistance, and Political Imprisonment

Coping, Resistance, and Political Imprisonment

(p.23) 2 Coping, Resistance, and Political Imprisonment
Paramilitary Imprisonment in Northern Ireland

Kieran McEvoy

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with an overview of the sociological and psychological literature on coping with imprisonment. It explores a number of elements in that literature which are of relevance in the context of paramilitary prisoners in Northern Ireland. After examining that literature, it goes on to locate the analysis that follows within a resistance framework. It is argued that such a framework is more suited to understanding the collective resistance of paramilitary prisoners to criminalisation. Resistance had a number of key features which included resistance as political struggle, as a challenge to the power relations within the prisons, as a collective enterprise, and as a struggle to control space within the prisons.

Keywords:   political prisoners, imprisonment, resistance, paramilitary prisoners, political struggle, criminalisation

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