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‘See no evil, hear no evil’: Insidious Paramilitary Violence in Northern Ireland

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dc.contributor.author Knox, Colin
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-27T03:09:56Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-27T03:09:56Z
dc.date.issued 2002
dc.identifier.citation Colin Knox; 2002; ‘See no evil, hear no evil’: Insidious Paramilitary Violence in Northern Ireland; British Journal of Criminology; http://nur.nu.edu.kz/handle/123456789/2104 ru_RU
dc.identifier.uri http://nur.nu.edu.kz/handle/123456789/2104
dc.description.abstract Northern Ireland has been variously described as having an ‘imperfect peace’ in which ‘acceptable levels of violence’ persist. Despite the endorsement of the main political parties to the principles of ‘democracy and non-violence’ enshrined in the Belfast Agreement, an insidious and brutalising form of paramilitary violence continues within communities. The government has opted to ‘see no evil, hear no evil’ given what is at stake in the wider political process. According to this approach, one must accept certain violent excesses in the interest of moving forward politically. This, however, creates both conceptual and practical problems around the issue of violence in Northern Ireland. By conceding that paramilitaries ‘police’ the informal criminal justice system in their areas with political and, in most cases, legal impunity, the government, de facto, defines what is ‘an acceptable level of violence’. This paper considers the nature and extent of ongoing paramilitary violence, how it has become enmeshed in the negotiated settlement and the consequences of this politicisation of violence. ru_RU
dc.language.iso en ru_RU
dc.publisher British Journal of Criminology ru_RU
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/ *
dc.subject Northern Ireland ru_RU
dc.subject paramilitary violence ru_RU
dc.title ‘See no evil, hear no evil’: Insidious Paramilitary Violence in Northern Ireland ru_RU
dc.type Article ru_RU

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