The IRA are Not Al Qaeda: New Terrorism Discourse and Irish Republicanism

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Abstract

This chapter explores the shifts and changes in the public and official representation of Irish Republicanism within the post-9/11 discourses of 'new terrorism'. To do so it first explores how 'terrorism' can be understood not as a defined social phenomenon but rather as a product of the discourses of terrorism. Second, it examines the language and narratives of 'new terrorism' discourse and the role of representations of Irish republicanism within it. Such representations are then critiqued by exploring the earlier social construction of Irish republicans as an 'irrational' and 'fanatical 'terrorist Other'. and In illuminating the continuities, rather than contrasts, in the discursive and rhetorical construction of first Irish and then Muslim political violence as essential irrationa and fanatical the chapter challenges to logic 'new terrorism' discourse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolitical Discourse and Conflict Resolution: Debating Peace in Northern Ireland
EditorsKaty Hayward, Catherine O'Donnell
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages192-208
Number of pages256
ISBN (Print)978-0415566285
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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