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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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Epilogue Political Prisons and the Construction of Memory

Epilogue Political Prisons and the Construction of Memory

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(p.354) Epilogue Political Prisons and the Construction of Memory
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Paramilitary Imprisonment in Northern Ireland
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Kieran McEvoy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299073.003.0012

This chapter presents some final remarks on the notion of prisons as important spaces in the construction of collective memory. It argues that prisons in a conflict are particularly politically and ideologically charged sites. They define elements of the symbolic landscape of struggle. Such a view is arguably all the more relevant in the context of a ‘low intensity conflict’, where the absence of major military encounters and the hit and run tactics of both paramilitary and state protagonists render the battlelines harder to discern.

Keywords:   collective memory, prisons, low intensity conflict, battlelines

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