The maintenance of republican ideology and tactics in the discourses of ira former prisoners

Peter Shirlow, Jonathan Tonge, James W. McAuley

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The debate concerning ideology and ideological shifts during peace-building in Northern Ireland has generally failed to account for the attitudes and opinions of former combatants concerning the nature and meaning of discursively constructed identities and political strategies. This invisibility is peculiar in that debates concerning ideological shifts have been driven by academic analysis or by those former combatants who maintain that the Irish peace process is paralleled by core ideological abandonment. The material presented within this article indicates that former Provisional Irish Republican prisoners do not view the peace process as involving ideological ditching but instead that their commitment to republican discourse remains complete.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-177
Number of pages22
JournalPeace and Conflict Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008


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