The Crowned Harp

The Crowned Harp : Policing Northern Ireland

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This book is a detailed analysis of policing in Northern Ireland. Tracing its history from 1922, Ellison and Smyth portray the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) as an organisation burdened by its past as a colonial police force. They analyse its perceived close relationship with unionism and why, for many nationalists, the RUC embodied the problem of the legitimacy of Northern Ireland, arguing that decisions made on the organisation, composition and ideology of policing in the early years of the state had consequences which went beyond the everyday practice of policing. Examining the reorganisations of the RUC in the 1970s and 1980s, Ellison and Smyth focus on the various structural, legal and ideological components, the professionalisation of the force and the development of a coherent, if contradictory, ideology.
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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 144 x 216 x 18mm | 439.99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745313981
  • 9780745313986

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'An exceptionally well written and broad study of policing and public order, particularly from the 'Troubles' in the late 1960s to the present' -- CHOICE
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About Graham Ellison

John S. Saul has been, since the 1960s, an activist in support of southern African liberation both in his native Canada and in southern Africa itself. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 by the Canadian Association of African Studies for his writing and lecturing on South Africa.
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Table of contents


1. Policing Nineteenth-Century Ireland: Setting the Parameters

2. Policing After Partition: Constructing the Security Apparatus

3. Policing Under Stormont

4. The Impact of Civil Rights on Policing: Collapse and Failed Reform

5. Criminalisation and Normalisation: The Counter-Insurgency Solution

6. Legitimacy, Counter-Insurgency and Policing: The Legacy of the 1970s

7. Shooting to Kill?

8. Collusion and Death Squads

9. Symbolism, Surveys and Police Legitimacy

10. Epilogue: The Patten Report on the RUC



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