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Published: 01 January 2017

256 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781781383261

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Tartan Gangs and Paramilitaries

The Loyalist Backlash

Gareth Mulvenna

Liverpool University Press

  • This is the first historical account of this period of the Northern Ireland Troubles to examine the emergence of loyalist paramilitarism in the broader context of youth subcultures and gangs, meaning that it shall provide a fresh and dynamic analysis of the Tartan gangs' convergence with paramilitary groups such as the Red Hand Commando and Young Citizen Volunteers
  • The book is the first to analyse in any depth the formation of the Red Hand Commando and its involvement in the early years of the Troubles, investigating its relationship with leading loyalist John McKeague as told by former members who were interviewed during the research
  • The first book to consider in depth the importance that football supporter violence played in heightening tensions during the early years of the Troubles in Belfast and particularly in bringing loyalists into conflict with the armed forces
  • The book contains completely original interview material with former members of the Tartans, UVF, YCV, RHC and UDA about their formative experiences as young men in Belfast and their eventual passage into violence
  • The book relates the issues facing young loyalists in the early 1970s with those contemporaneous problems of socio-economic marginalization and identity which are perilous to the Northern Ireland peace dividend