By James Dingley
This edited publication analyses the teachings that are drawn from Northern Ireland’s studies of battling terrorism. The essays during this quantity unite research and perform in exploring either the clash in Northern eire and the the world over acceptable counter-terrorism classes which might be drawn from the reaction to it. The members, all experts of their fields, make a theoretical research of the underlying reasons of terrorism, and discover how this interacts with the advance of powerful operations and coverage responses. The publication emphasises the socio-economic and socio-cultural dimensions underlying the matter of terrorism, arguing that temporary, violent/military responses can actually exacerbate the matter. It highlights the complexity of terrorism as a social phenomenon, and descriptions the multi-faceted process had to wrestle it.
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This also happened simultaneously with and as an extension of the industrial revolution in Britain. 65 This, in addition to sharing with Britain a common sense of Protestantism, industrial culture and a shared language in English, made them feel very much part of the UK and British. Perversely it also helped make the rest of Ireland feel less British. 66 Now, as industrialisation progressed, a new dimension was added, that of large urban populations working in mills and factories that contrasted starkly with the rural peasant society of the South.
However, the connection between social theory and ethno-national violence or even just ethnicity and nationalism, is equally rarely picked up. This is strange since the philosophical and religious origins of nationalism are very much the same as in classical social theory and sociology and nationalism both emerged as nineteenth-century responses to socio-economic change and development and the resulting political violence. As a classical social theorist, the problems of Northern Ireland thus seem very obvious and straightforward and merely serve to reinforce the theory of ethnicity and nationalism.
Language and culture are wonderful ways of discriminating without actually appearing to do so, it keeps others out and preserves jobs for ones own. 98 It was a false perception fuelled by the fact that they so rarely met or exchanged and were thus able to Northern Ireland and the ‘troubles’ 29 sustain grossly distorted images of the other. Discrimination and material disadvantage is heavily wrapped in myth in Northern Ireland, although strongly argued as central to what is often referred to as the ‘Catholic Grievance Culture’.
Combating Terrorism in Northern Ireland (Cass Series on Political Violence) by James Dingley