Activist Media, Social Media and Mediated Republican Deviance in the Northern Irish Peace Process


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    Irish republican groups have throughout their history sought out countercultural media spaces within which to communicate messages and policy positions that run contrary to the dominant political paradigms of their time.

    During the Northern Irish Peace Process (1998-), mainstream and dissident republican groups have used online activist media as means of bypassing the mainstream media and critics of their ideological positions and actions.

    However, while the net was a fruitful space for expression for these groups and political parties, it has also been a space in which non-republicans have also been able to surveille their criminality and deviance. This culminated in the 2019 murder of the journalist Lyra McKee which was perhaps the moment when dissident republican groups were finally denuded of any political legitimacy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCrime Capitalism and the Media in the 21st Century
    EditorsAlan Grattan, Neil Ewan, Marcus Leaning, Paul Manning
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-56443-8
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2021

    Publication series

    NamePalgrave Studies in Crime, media and Culture
    PublisherPalgrave MacMillan


    • Irish republicanism
    • Deviance
    • Capitalism
    • Social media
    • Activist media


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