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An Archaeology of the Troubles: The dark heritage of Long Kesh/Maze prison (Hardback)
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An Archaeology of the Troubles: The dark heritage of Long Kesh/Maze prison (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 27/02/2014
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Long Kesh / Maze prison was infamous as the major holding centre for paramilitary prisoners during the course of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Some of the major events of the recent conflict centred on, emanated from, and were transformed by it, including the burning of the internment camp in 1974, the protests and hunger strikes of 1980-1981, the mass escape of PIRA prisoners in 1983, and the role of prisoners in facilitating and sustaining the peace process of the 1990s. Now, over a decade after the signing of the Belfast Agreement (1998), Long Kesh / Maze remains one of the most contentious remnants of the conflict and has become central to debates about what we do with such sites, what they mean, and how they relate to contemporary rememberings of the difficult recent past. The only independent archaeological investigation of Long Kesh / Maze prior to its partial demolition, this volume reveals the seminal role of material culture in understanding the prison. It moves from traditional uses of solely documentary and oral evidence to exploring the full range of material remains of the prison as they have been abandoned in situ or been dispersed and re-contextualized into wider society. Using a multitude of sources, McAtackney creatively provides a unique interpretation of the Northern Irish Troubles and the continuing destabilizing role of material remnants of the conflict in the peace process.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199673919
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 223 x 156 x 25 mm


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Laura McAtackney's An Archaeology of the Troubles provides a creative, provocative and emotive interpretation of the Northern Irish Troubles that successfully expands upon traditional historiographical approaches to add new insight into a conflict that had a profound regional, national and international impact. Her study is meticulously researched, innovatively presented and thoughtfully written. It provides an important contribution to literature on Northern Irish politics, the prison and archaeology. * Ian Miller, Irish Economic and Social History *
[McAtackney] provides a new interpretation and understanding of existing material. By asking new questions of already collected and published material and by using a different methodological approach to analyse these sources, she writes a new and different history of Long Kesh/HMP Maze in particular and political imprisonment in the 6 Counties in general. Indeed, telling an already known story differently from the accepted historical, academic narrative is a remarkable achievement that makes her book an outstanding publication ... one of the most remarkable publications in recent years. * Dieter Reinisch, Saoirse - Irish Freedom *
McAtackneys is a study that demonstrates the possibilities Foucault saw within the concept of archaeology and, as a consequence, it is a work that expands the possibilities of this disciplinemoving them in productive and enabling directions. * George Legg, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies *

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