A Context Based Model to Frame Political Victimhood: Experiences from Northern Ireland and the Basque Country

Amaia Alvarez-Berastegi, Kevin Hearty

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Abstract

All societies moving towards peace must establish reparation measures for victims of political violence. That is not an easy task, though: political victimhood is a controversial concept by itself and all victims of this type are mixed up with general politics from both the past and the present. In divided societies, such as the North of Ireland and the Basque Country, the controversies about the definition of political victimhood reproduce old divisions from the past. Drawing from these two cases, this research project gathers some initial thoughts to conceptualise political victimhood into three different models: the harm, blame and context-based models. The primary contribution of the article lies in the formulation of the third model, the context-based framework.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-36
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Review of Victimology
Volume25
Issue number1
Early online date09 Jul 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Political Violence
  • Transitional Justice
  • victimology
  • Basque Country
  • Northern Ireland

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