Testimonio and torture in Northern Ireland: narratives of resistance

White, Lisa (2017) Testimonio and torture in Northern Ireland: narratives of resistance. Justice, Power and Resistance, 1 (2). pp. 73-97. ISSN 9781911439110

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Abstract

Using the Latin American concept of ‘testimonio’ as a suitable tool of analysis, this article explores the narrative experiences of former detainees who ‘went public’ with accounts of State brutality and torture relating to the conflict in Northern Ireland. Referring directly to these historical narratives alongside the findings of a series of contemporary interviews with Republican former detainees, the article argues that the core aspects of testimonio – collective struggle, resistance, audience and action – can all be observed in the accounts of those who were subjected to State violence in the detention system of Northern Ireland and that these accounts represent particular ways of challenging the official discourse around the conflict, its historiography and its legacy.

Keywords:Torture, Human rights, Northern Ireland, Prisons, Testimonio, Irish Republicanism
Subjects:L Social studies > L252 War & Peace studies
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V211 Irish History
L Social studies > L200 Politics
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:29002
Deposited On:11 Oct 2018 13:34

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