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Socio-ideological Fantasy and the Northern Ireland Conflict
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Socio-ideological Fantasy and the Northern Ireland Conflict: The Other Side

Adrian Millar

Abstract

Conducting an analysis of some of the most candid interview materials ever gathered from former Irish Republican Army (IRA) members and loyalists in Northern Ireland, this book demonstrates through a psychoanalysis of slips of the tongue, jokes, rationalisations and contradictions that it is the unconscious dynamics of the conflict — that is, the pleasure to be found in suffering, failure, domination, submission and ignorance, and in rivalry over jouissance — that lead to the reproduction of polarisation between the Catholic and Protestant communities. As a result, it contends that traditional ... More

Keywords: Irish Republican Army, loyalists, Northern Ireland, conflict resolution, Lacanian psychoanalysis, socio-ideological fantasy, conflict management, jokes, rationalisations, contradictions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780719066962
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719066962.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrian Millar, author