The IRA are Not Al Qaeda: New Terrorism Discourse and Irish Republicanism

Mcgovern, Mark (2010) The IRA are Not Al Qaeda: New Terrorism Discourse and Irish Republicanism. In: Hayward, Katy and O'Donnell, Catherine (eds). Political Discourse and Conflict Resolution: Debating Peace in Northern Ireland. Routledge, London, pp. 192-208. ISBN 978-0415566285

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This chapter explores the shifts and changes in the public and official representation of Irish Republicanism within the post-9/11 discourses of 'new terrorism'. To do so it first explores how 'terrorism' can be understood not as a defined social phenomenon but rather as a product of the discourses of terrorism. Second, it examines the language and narratives of 'new terrorism' discourse and the role of representations of Irish republicanism within it. Such representations are then critiqued by exploring the earlier social construction of Irish republicans as an 'irrational' and 'fanatical 'terrorist Other'. and In illuminating the continuities, rather than contrasts, in the discursive and rhetorical construction of first Irish and then Muslim political violence as essential irrationa and fanatical the chapter challenges to logic 'new terrorism' discourse.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Sociology
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2011 13:54

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