Chapter 2. From Naïvety to Insurgency: Becoming a Paramilitary in Northern Ireland

  1. David Canter Professor
  1. Dr Neil Ferguson Director Associate Professor lecturer Fellow1 and
  2. Mark Burgess Senior Lecturer2

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470744499.ch2

The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

How to Cite

Ferguson, N. and Burgess, M. (2010) From Naïvety to Insurgency: Becoming a Paramilitary in Northern Ireland, in The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (ed D. Canter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470744499.ch2

Editor Information

  1. University of Huddersfield, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Liverpool Hope University, UK

  2. 2

    Oxford Brookes University, UK

  1. Correspondence concerning this chapter should be sent to Neil Ferguson, Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies, Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, Liverpool, UK. Phone: +44 (0)151 291 - 3754. Fax: +44 (0)151 291 - 3773. Email: fergusn@hope.ac.uk

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470753804

Online ISBN: 9780470744499

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Keywords:

  • from naïvety to insurgency - becoming paramilitary in Northern Ireland;
  • exposure to violence - potential for pushing people into paramilitary activities;
  • world a more fearful and less safe place - since terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001;
  • Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, a.k.a. Tamil Tigers);
  • Marxist and atheist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) - employing suicide attacks;
  • obsession with ‘shahid’, suicide bombers - perception that they particular to Islamic fundamentalism;
  • Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) - two car-bomb explosions in London;
  • people joining armed insurgent groups or commiting acts of terrorism;
  • moral disengagement, detachment and dissociation - symptoms of perpetration-pinduced traumatic stress (PITS);
  • perpetrators of political violence - victims of their own violent actions

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Road to Insurgency

  • The Potential for Further Violence in Northern Ireland

  • All Gave Some, Some Gave All: Terrorism, Trauma and Violence

  • Conclusion

  • References