Discourse, denial and dehumanisation: former detainees’ experiences of narrating state violence in Northern Ireland

White, Lisa (2010) Discourse, denial and dehumanisation: former detainees’ experiences of narrating state violence in Northern Ireland. Papers from the British Criminology Conference, 10 . pp. 3-18. ISSN 1759-0043

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Abstract

Using a synthesis of documentary analysis and interviews involving former detainees, this article explores the sociology of denial in relation to narratives of state violence which emerged from the conflict in and around Northern Ireland. It argues that three interrelated levels of denial described by Cohen (2001) - literal, interpretive and implicatory - can be observed within the ‘official discourse’ surrounding the conflict, and that these denials are experienced by former detainees in diverse and different ways. The article contributes to the literature on state violence within the discipline of criminology through its exploration of the lived consequences of state denial narratives alongside former detainees who have made their private experiences of victimhood part of a contested public history.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Denial, victimhood, Northern Ireland, prisoners, conflict
Subjects:L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L490 Social Policy not elsewhere classified
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:4873
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:25 Jan 2012 15:25
Last Modified:05 Dec 2013 10:11

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