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Paramilitary loyalismIdentity and change$
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Richard Reed

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719095306

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719095306.001.0001

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Stasis

Stasis

Ready for war

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(p.151) 6 Stasis
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Paramilitary loyalism
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Richard Reed

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719095306.003.0006

This chapter balances the generally positive accent of chapter six by reflecting on indications that there remains evidence of lingering tendencies towards violence and insularity. The chapter considers how the enduring themes and dynamics of loyalist identity continue to attenuate processes of conflict transformation. While accepting the evidence of the previous chapter that individual former combatants are integral to maintaining and strengthening the peace, the chapter concludes that the influence of these dynamics in creating and sustaining the UDA and UVF leaves these organisations fundamentally inappropriate vehicles for advancing the tasks central to sustaining and strengthening the peace.

Keywords:   Violence, Criminality, Vigilantism, Rivalry, Racism

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