Testimonio and torture in the North of Ireland

White, Lisa (2015) Testimonio and torture in the North of Ireland. In: Social Divisions, Surveillance and the Security State',European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, Annual Conference., 26-29th August 2015, Tallinn, Estonia.

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Drawing upon the language of ‘testimonio’ which has emerged from human rights activism in Latin America, the paper explores the narrative experiences of former detainees who ‘went public’ with accounts of state brutality and torture relating to the conflict in the North of Ireland. It takes a multidisciplinary approach to examine the extent to which narratives of state violence can be understood as a form of resistance. Drawing directly from the findings of a series of interviews with Republican former detainees, the paper also comments upon the complicated feelings of ‘ownership’ of those whose personal experiences of state violence have been turned into symbols of communal suffering and struggle. The paper examines these tensions and asks questions about the power of counter-hegemonic discourses to both liberate and oppress,

Keywords:Testimony, Northern Ireland, Irish Republicanism, Torture, state violence
Subjects:L Social studies > L243 Politics of a specific country/region
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:29000
Deposited On:11 Oct 2017 15:18

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