The Emotional Salience of 'War' for Ex-Political Prisoners in Northern Ireland

Ruth Jamieson, Keele University

This paper is concerned to describe how 'war' discourse has shaped the experience of politically motivated prisoners in Northern Ireland. it examines how the theme of 'war' is reproduced through (paramilitary) social structures within prison and serves to organise political prisoners' experience of long-term imprisonment and resettlement. It considers the ways in which political prisoners' accounts of prison live diverge from, and therefore problematise, many of the received criminological understandings of the 'social world' of the prison (and its effects).

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