Rejection, Shaming, Enclosure, and Moving On: Variant Experiences and Meaning Among Loyalist Former Prisoners: Variant Experiences and Meaning Among Loyalist Former Prisoners

Peter Shirlow*

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This article unpacks the variant meanings, perceptions, and experiences of violent enactment and stigmatic shaming among loyalists with regard to rejection, harm, and masking. What we locate is a landscape of variable emotions, experiences, neutralization techniques, dependences, and embedded forms of fatalism as well as resilience. Attending to those alternate positions and well-beings is important in considering the capacity of re-integration and the presently uneven nature of it. In adopting an account-driven format we present and analyze how involvement in violent conflict can, on the one hand, provoke persistence and senses of transitional thinking and on the other engender rejection and related fatalistic attitudes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733-746
Number of pages14
JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
Issue number9
Early online date16 Jun 2014
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2014



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