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The Politics of Memoir and the Northern Ireland Conflict$
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Stephen Hopkins

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781846319426

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846319426.001.0001

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Provisional Republican Memoir-Writing

Provisional Republican Memoir-Writing

(p.17) Chapter 2 Provisional Republican Memoir-Writing
The Politics of Memoir and the Northern Ireland Conflict

Stephen Hopkins

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the memoir-writing of key individuals within the Provisional Irish Republican movement, such as Sinn Fein President (1983-present), Gerry Adams. This writing can provide insights into the movement’s role and objectives during the ‘armed struggle’, but also its efforts to control the narrative telling of the conflict. The chapter also considers the reasons why individuals joined the movement, and the significance differences between the experiences of its members in diverse regions and localities. The chapter concludes with a detailed study of the memoir-writing of Gerry Adams, an emblematic figure in the contemporary history and memory of the Provisionals.

Keywords:   Gerry Adams, Provisional Irish Republicans, Narrative telling, Emblematic individual, Locality and Republican politics

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