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Title: The Bloody Sunday families and the Saville Inquiry : changing identities, memory and the past
Author: Carnevali, Cristina
ISNI:       0000 0004 5369 3429
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2014
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This doctoral dissertation seek to shed light on the consequences that the end of the Saville Inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday had on the families of the people killed and injured on that day. The study, which seeks to provide a new angle on a topic that has already been well examined, is focused on the development and alterations of the collective identity of this group of families which have occurred since the publication of the inquiry's report. Despite casting a closure on the Bloody Sunday issue, the research attempts to show how the end of the Saville Inquiry started a series of dynamics within the group of campaigners that resulted in fractures and re-arrangements of the intragroup balance and also reflected on the practice of the Bloody Sunday commemorations. The chance to conduct research during an historical moment of change in the Bloody Sunday issue gave me the opportunity to record and investigate unprecedented events that added further factors to the understanding of the Bloody Sunday issue and of the general academic debate around the topics of identity, memory and trauma in post-conflict areas. The study of the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign during the years of the Saville Inquiry and the way in which the campaign was built and carried on by the Bloody Sunday families provided additional elements to the academic discourse on the opposition between the institutional power of the state versus the power of social movements and their struggle for recognition of their place in society and history. On a wider perspective, the dissertation also investigates the connection between the concepts of truth, memory and the perception of the past in the context of the Saville Inquiry and the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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