Informers and the transition in Northern Ireland

Dudai, Ron (2012) Informers and the transition in Northern Ireland. British Journal of Criminology, 52 (1). pp. 32-54. ISSN 0007-0955

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Abstract

Though criminological literature has paid attention to the use of informers in ordinary law enforcement, there is a research gap regarding their usage in contexts of conflict and political violence. This article explores the social, political and security functions of IRA informers in the transition from conflict in Northern Ireland. Based on that experience, it develops four heuristic models regarding informers that the paper argues may be of direct relevance to other conflicted and transitional societies. These are the informer as folk devil, the informer as rumour, the informer as political manipulator, and the informer as celebrity. All these themes demonstrate the long-term effects of the use of informers during the Northern Ireland conflict—an important finding given the increasing prevalence of the use of informers in a political context

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0661 Social control
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV6001 Criminology
Depositing User: Ron Dudai
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2013 09:18
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2013 09:18
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/43515
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