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Exploring the form and function of dissident Irish republican online discourses

Conway, Maura and Bowman-Grieve, Lorraine (2012) Exploring the form and function of dissident Irish republican online discourses. Media, War & Conflict, 5 (1). pp. 71-85. ISSN 1750-6352

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Abstract

This article seeks to contribute to broadening the focus of research in the area of violent online political extremism by examining the use of the internet by dissident Irish Republicans and their supporters. The argument here is not that the internet substitutes face-to-face contacts amongst Irish Republicans, including violent dissidents, nor that it currently plays a central role in processes of radicalisation into violent dissident groups, but that it has an important support function in terms of providing an ‘always-on’ space for discussion, consumption, and production of Irish Republicanism and thus a potentially educative role in terms of introducing ‘newbies’ to violent dissident Republicanism while also acting as a ‘maintenance’ space for the already committed. This exploratory study considers the importance of these functions in the context of repeated suggestions that the dissidents have no significant support base or constituency as internet activity certainly gives the appearance of some such support.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:dissidents; forums; internet; Irish Republicanism; websites; Web 2.0
Subjects:Social Sciences > Terrorism
Social Sciences > Communication
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Sage
Official URL:http://www.sagepub.com/journalsProdDesc.nav?prodId=Journal201796#tabview=title
Copyright Information:© 2012 Sage Publications
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:17637
Deposited On:06 Dec 2012 15:02 by Maura Conway. Last Modified 30 Mar 2013 04:02

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