Continuity and change in the discourse of republican former prisoners

Peter Shirlow, Jonathan Tonge, James W. McAuley

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

3 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Former Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) prisoners have played important roles in easing the transition from violence to peace. Fulfilment of such roles does not necessarily involve ideological change. Instead republican ideology may remain centred upon the reproduction of established discursive conflicts, promoted via non-militaristic means. For IRA former prisoners, the peace process has been articulated around the promotion of republican values and a discourse guided by the eventual achievement of republican goals. This purported fidelity to traditional republican ambition has assisted the Sinn Féin leadership in refuting accusations of ‘sell-out’, a feature that has historically dogged Irish republican movements. This chapter draws upon extensive interviews with former IRA prisoners to ascertain the extent to which ideological and political continuity has been more evident than fundamental changes in beliefs.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolitical Discourse and Conflict Resolution
Subtitle of host publicationDebating Peace in Northern Ireland
EditorsKaty Hayward, Catherine O'Donnell
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Chapter9
Pages126-142
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781136906084
ISBN (Print)0203842499, 9780415566285
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2010

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution

Fingerprint

Continuity
Prisoners
Republican
Discourse
Army
Peace
Discursive
Sinn Féin
Fidelity
Ambition
Fundamental
Peace Process
Accusations
Ideology
Fulfillment

Cite this

Shirlow, P., Tonge, J., & McAuley, J. W. (2010). Continuity and change in the discourse of republican former prisoners. In K. Hayward, & C. O'Donnell (Eds.), Political Discourse and Conflict Resolution: Debating Peace in Northern Ireland (pp. 126-142). (Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution). Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203842492
Shirlow, Peter ; Tonge, Jonathan ; McAuley, James W. / Continuity and change in the discourse of republican former prisoners. Political Discourse and Conflict Resolution: Debating Peace in Northern Ireland. editor / Katy Hayward ; Catherine O'Donnell. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2010. pp. 126-142 (Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution).
@inbook{7b54d2cb7ee44e1ebdc7fe2f3b894e34,
title = "Continuity and change in the discourse of republican former prisoners",
abstract = "Former Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) prisoners have played important roles in easing the transition from violence to peace. Fulfilment of such roles does not necessarily involve ideological change. Instead republican ideology may remain centred upon the reproduction of established discursive conflicts, promoted via non-militaristic means. For IRA former prisoners, the peace process has been articulated around the promotion of republican values and a discourse guided by the eventual achievement of republican goals. This purported fidelity to traditional republican ambition has assisted the Sinn F{\'e}in leadership in refuting accusations of ‘sell-out’, a feature that has historically dogged Irish republican movements. This chapter draws upon extensive interviews with former IRA prisoners to ascertain the extent to which ideological and political continuity has been more evident than fundamental changes in beliefs.",
author = "Peter Shirlow and Jonathan Tonge and McAuley, {James W.}",
year = "2010",
month = "9",
day = "2",
doi = "10.4324/9780203842492",
language = "English",
isbn = "0203842499",
series = "Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution",
publisher = "Routledge Taylor & Francis Group",
pages = "126--142",
editor = "Katy Hayward and Catherine O'Donnell",
booktitle = "Political Discourse and Conflict Resolution",

}

Shirlow, P, Tonge, J & McAuley, JW 2010, Continuity and change in the discourse of republican former prisoners. in K Hayward & C O'Donnell (eds), Political Discourse and Conflict Resolution: Debating Peace in Northern Ireland. Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 126-142. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203842492

Continuity and change in the discourse of republican former prisoners. / Shirlow, Peter; Tonge, Jonathan; McAuley, James W.

Political Discourse and Conflict Resolution: Debating Peace in Northern Ireland. ed. / Katy Hayward; Catherine O'Donnell. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2010. p. 126-142 (Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

TY - CHAP

T1 - Continuity and change in the discourse of republican former prisoners

AU - Shirlow, Peter

AU - Tonge, Jonathan

AU - McAuley, James W.

PY - 2010/9/2

Y1 - 2010/9/2

N2 - Former Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) prisoners have played important roles in easing the transition from violence to peace. Fulfilment of such roles does not necessarily involve ideological change. Instead republican ideology may remain centred upon the reproduction of established discursive conflicts, promoted via non-militaristic means. For IRA former prisoners, the peace process has been articulated around the promotion of republican values and a discourse guided by the eventual achievement of republican goals. This purported fidelity to traditional republican ambition has assisted the Sinn Féin leadership in refuting accusations of ‘sell-out’, a feature that has historically dogged Irish republican movements. This chapter draws upon extensive interviews with former IRA prisoners to ascertain the extent to which ideological and political continuity has been more evident than fundamental changes in beliefs.

AB - Former Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) prisoners have played important roles in easing the transition from violence to peace. Fulfilment of such roles does not necessarily involve ideological change. Instead republican ideology may remain centred upon the reproduction of established discursive conflicts, promoted via non-militaristic means. For IRA former prisoners, the peace process has been articulated around the promotion of republican values and a discourse guided by the eventual achievement of republican goals. This purported fidelity to traditional republican ambition has assisted the Sinn Féin leadership in refuting accusations of ‘sell-out’, a feature that has historically dogged Irish republican movements. This chapter draws upon extensive interviews with former IRA prisoners to ascertain the extent to which ideological and political continuity has been more evident than fundamental changes in beliefs.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84911161096&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.4324/9780203842492

DO - 10.4324/9780203842492

M3 - Chapter

SN - 0203842499

SN - 9780415566285

T3 - Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution

SP - 126

EP - 142

BT - Political Discourse and Conflict Resolution

A2 - Hayward, Katy

A2 - O'Donnell, Catherine

PB - Routledge Taylor & Francis Group

ER -

Shirlow P, Tonge J, McAuley JW. Continuity and change in the discourse of republican former prisoners. In Hayward K, O'Donnell C, editors, Political Discourse and Conflict Resolution: Debating Peace in Northern Ireland. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 2010. p. 126-142. (Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution). https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203842492