Spoiling through performative nonviolence: ritualistic funerary practice as a Violent Dissident Irish Republican (VDR) spoiling tactic

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Abstract

This article assesses how Violent Dissident Irish Republican (VDR) groups have turned to funerary practice as a spoiling tactic in post-Good Friday Agreement (GFA) Northern Ireland. In doing so it moves the lens of interrogation away from the residual violence exercised by these groups and onto other nonviolent mechanisms and strategies. Locating this discussion within the wider study of the VDR phenomenon, the article asserts that militarised and ritualised funerals possess propagandistic and mobilisational benefits that make them particularly conducive to spoiling activity in a post-conflict site that is increasingly embracing the process of normalisation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
Early online date30 Nov 2017
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Publication statusEarly online date - 30 Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Spoilers
  • POLITICAL VIOLENCE
  • Anti-terror Laws
  • Irish republicanism
  • Propaganda
  • Peace Processes
  • transitional justice

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