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Title: The role of memory in the Irish republican debate on policing
Author: Hearty, Kevin
ISNI:       0000 0004 5357 7807
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis is an in-depth case study of the role of memory in the Irish republican debate on policing. Located within the wider theoretical fields of memory studies and transitional justice, this thesis draws out how the past impacts on transitional justice processes when those traditionally opposed to state policing structures opt to buy into them as part of a wider transitional process. While establishing that there remains considerable inter-communal contestation over the legacy of policing in the North of Ireland, this thesis departs from the established academic understanding of memory contestation by critically examining how memory is contested at an intra-communal level within rather than between ethno-nationalist collectives emerging from sustained political violence. It draws out the intrinsic importance that collective memory and master narratives hold for competing political elites who are vying for hegemony within an increasingly fractured constituency that is grappling with a process of transition out of political violence. Critically evaluating how memory impacts on individuals in terms of ideological positions, interpretation of political processes of transition, understandings of truth recovery, post-conflict 'moving on' processes with former enemies and the interpretation of on the ground lived reality in a post-conflict and post-reform environment, this thesis highlights how competing notions of continuity and rupture frame the extended Irish republican debate on policing. In doing so this thesis highlights how and why memory has successfully enabled Irish republicans to subscribe to 'critical engagement' with policing in the North of Ireland and how and why it has similarly precluded others from doing the same.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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