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Title: The Chronicles of Long Kesh: Provisional Irish Republican memoirs and the contested memory of the hunger strikes
Authors: Hopkins, Stephen G.
First Published: 18-Mar-2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd.
Citation: Memory Studies, 2014, 7 (4), pp. 425-439 (15)
Abstract: This article analyses the recent struggle for control of the Provisional Irish Republican movement’s collective memory of the 1980-81 hunger strikes, during which ten Republicans died.2 It proceeds through an examination and interpretation of the published memoir-writing of some of the key protagonists within the broad Irish Republican movement. In particular, it examines the controversy surrounding the allegations made by Richard O’Rawe (former Public Relations Officer for the Irish Republican Army (IRA) prisoners at the time of the 1981 strike), in his two volumes of memoir, Blanketmen (2005), and Afterlives (2010). The article addresses the role of dissent in the movement’s collective memory, and the specific role of ‘memory entrepreneurs’ (Jelin, 2003) in the contestation of the Irish Republican ‘official’ memory of the hunger strikes.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1750698014523442
ISSN: 1750-6980
eISSN: 1750-6999
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. Copyright the Author. Version of record:
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Politics and International Relations

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