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State Violence, Collusion and the Troubles: counter insurgency, government deviance and Northern Ireland

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Maurice Punch
Pluto Press (20 March 2012)

The period in Northern Ireland known as 'the Troubles' (1968-98) seemed to have been conclusively ended by the official peace process. But recent violence from dissident Republicans shows that tensions from the past remain unresolved.

State Violence, Collusion and the Troubles reveals disturbing unanswered questions about the use of state violence during this period. Maurice Punch documents in chilling detail how the British government turned to desperate, illegal measures in a time of crisis, disregarding domestic and international law. He broadens out his analysis to consider other cases of state violence against ‘insurgent groups’ in Spain and South Africa.

This is the story of how the British state collaborated with violent groups and directly participated in illegal violence. It also raises urgent questions about why states around the world continue to deploy such violence rather than seeking durable political settlements.

  • Dr Maurice Punch is a visiting professor in the Mannheim Centre for Criminology at LSE.

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Reviews

'State Violence, Collusion and the Troubles brings to bear a mature, discerning and knowledgeable mind on a vexed area and the results are disquieting, fascinating and provocative.'
Paul Rock, professor of social institutions in the Mannheim Centre for the Study of Criminology and Criminal Justice, LSE.

Book launch

On: Thursday 22 March from 6-8pm in the River Room, King's College London, WC2R 2LS

The launch will be introduced by chair, Penny Green (professor of law and criminology, KCL) followed by a response from Paul Rock (professor of social institutions, Mannheim Centre for the Study of Criminology and Criminal Justice, LSE).

Maurice Punch (visiting professor, School of Law, KCL and LSE) will then offer his comments, after which there will be an opportunity for questions. Light refreshments will follow.

Pluto will be offering discounted copies of the book for sale on the night. To attend, RSVP to francesca.hands@kcl.ac.uk|.

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