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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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Background and Definitions

Background and Definitions

(p.1) 1 Background and Definitions
Paramilitary Imprisonment in Northern Ireland

Kieran McEvoy

Oxford University Press

This chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to examine the history of resistance, management, and release of paramilitary prisoners in Northern Ireland. Much of the book focuses on the struggle between the prisoners' assertion of their status as political prisoners and attempts by the prison authorities to deny, undermine, and manage that assertion. The chapter presents a background to prison research in Northern Ireland, a background to the conflict in Northern Ireland, and a background to prisons in Northern Ireland. An overview of the subsequent chapters is then presented.

Keywords:   Northern Ireland, paramilitary prisoners, prison research, prisons

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