Copying to be Different: Violent Dissident Irish Republican Learning
Morrison, J. 2016. Copying to be Different: Violent Dissident Irish Republican Learning. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. 40 (7), pp. 586-602.
While the impact of the Troubles retains centrality within much of Northern Irish political life, the spectre of almost daily violence is becoming a more distant memory. Peace has come to the region. In spite of this, however, there are those who wish to maintain the utility of violence to achieve their stated aims. Most dominant amongst these are the violent dissident republican groups. No longer is their existence solely defined by their desire to bring about a united Ireland. In order to have any opportunity of longevity, they must first legitimise their continued existence, and in turn distance themselves from their former Provisional comrades. This paper assesses how groups, such as the Continuity IRA, Óglaigh na hÉireann and the IRA/New IRA utilise the lessons learned from their Provisional history to differentiate themselves from the politicised dominance of Sinn Féin. This evaluation is carried out through the analysis of interviews with leadership and rank and file members of both political and paramilitary dissident groupings, which is complimented by the analysis of the Violent Dissident Republican (VDR) events database. These sources are supplemented with the assessment of organisational statements, from 2007 to the present day. The article focuses on violent, and non-violent, learning.
|Journal||Studies in Conflict and Terrorism|
|Journal citation||40 (7), pp. 586-602|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1080/1057610X.2016.1237225|
|16 Sep 2016|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||03 Oct 2016|
|Accepted||10 Aug 2016|
|Copyright information||This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Conflict & Terrorism on 16.09.16, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1057610X.2016.1237225.|
|License||All rights reserved|
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