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The ‘Deserving’ Victims of Political Violence: ‘Punishment’ Attacks in Northern Ireland

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dc.contributor.author Knox, Colin
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-01T03:33:52Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-01T03:33:52Z
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.citation Colin Knox; 2001; The ‘Deserving’ Victims of Political Violence: ‘Punishment’ Attacks in Northern Ireland; Criminal Justice: The International Journal of Policy and Practice; http://nur.nu.edu.kz/handle/123456789/2293 ru_RU
dc.identifier.uri http://nur.nu.edu.kz/handle/123456789/2293
dc.description.abstract The plight of the victims of political violence in Northern Ireland and the enduring suffering of their families has recently assumed much greater public prominence. Some see this new-found concern by government for victims as no more than a necessary part of the political and public relations management of the prisoners’ early release programme within which victims were mere pawns in the wider unstoppable agenda for a peace deal. Preconceived notions of perpetrators and victims have been politically contested in ways which suggest there are those who are ‘deserving’ or ‘undeserving’ of victimhood status. This paper considers one category of victim, those subject to paramilitary ‘punishment’ beatings and shootings, and argues that they have become expendable and legitimate targets for violence in Northern Ireland. They are expendable in the sense that any attempt to deal with the problem in a serious way would have widespread political ramifications for parties currently in devolved government. They are legitimate in that victims’ culpability derives from the communities within which they live and their ‘punishment’ is meted out by paramilitaries acting on the communities’ behalf. ru_RU
dc.language.iso en ru_RU
dc.publisher Criminal Justice: The International Journal of Policy and Practice 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 victims ru_RU
dc.subject paramilitaries ru_RU
dc.subject punishment ru_RU
dc.subject Northern Ireland ru_RU
dc.title The ‘Deserving’ Victims of Political Violence: ‘Punishment’ Attacks in Northern Ireland ru_RU
dc.type Article ru_RU

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