Trust in Me: Allegiance Choices in a Post Split Terrorist Movement

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Morrison, J. 2016. Trust in Me: Allegiance Choices in a Post Split Terrorist Movement. Aggression and Violent Behavior. 28 (May-Ju), pp. 47-56.
AuthorsMorrison, J.
Abstract

This paper analyses exploratory research into how individual members form allegiances in the aftermath of a split in a terrorist movement, specifically the Irish Republican Movement. While the allegiance decision making is not a violent act in itself the decisions made often times constitute a choice between the retention of terrorism as a dominant tactic and the move towards a peaceful, political solution. It may be intuitive to believe that individuals will make such decisions based on the reasoning for the divide or the ideology for the groups. However, through the analysis of over forty interviews with leadership and rank and file members of the Irish Republican Movement the issue of personal trust is shown to be central to the decision-making process, especially in relation to the rank and file membership. This finding is concluded through the application of interpretative phenomenological analysis of four core splits in Irish Republicanism from 1969 to 1997.

KeywordsSplits; Terrorism; IRA; Northern Ireland; Organisational Change
JournalAggression and Violent Behavior
Journal citation28 (May-Ju), pp. 47-56
ISSN1359-1789
Year2016
PublisherElsevier
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-NC-ND
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.avb.2016.03.006
Publication dates
Print16 Mar 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited14 Mar 2016
Accepted08 Mar 2016
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