Resistance, transition and exclusion: Politically motivated ex-prisoners and conflict transformation in Northern Ireland

Kieran McEvoy, Peter Shirlow, Karen McElrath

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Abstract

The landscape of political imprisonment in Northern Ireland was changed due to the general release and reintegration of politically motivated prisoners as part of the Belfast Agreement. This article reflects upon the post-prison experiences of former prisoners and their families, and in particular how the move from a resistant to a transitional framework has facilitated a greater openness and willingness amongs ex-prisoners to acknowledge the personal and familial problems related to incarceration. We also explore the ways in which ex-prisoners have attempted to deal with the continued social, political and civic exclusion which arises as a result of their conflict-related 'criminal' convictions. In the final section of the article, the authors further develop the move from a resistant to a transitional characterization of incarceration and its consequences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)646-670
Number of pages25
JournalTerrorism and Political Violence
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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