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dc.contributor.advisorThomas, Jim, 1941-en_US
dc.contributor.authorO Maolchatha, Aoganen_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-26T17:27:33Z
dc.date.available2016-02-26T17:27:33Z
dc.date.issued1990
dc.identifier.urihttp://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/15700
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages [126]-144)en_US
dc.description.abstractDuring 1981, 10 inmates of the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland went on hunger strike in pursuit of "political prisoner status." Their action was an effort to establish the legitimacy of the use of violence to achieve political goals. It was also a direct challenge to the official interpretation of the Northern Ireland conflict as "criminal" rather than "political" violence. Using newspaper accounts of the hunger strike in the Irish Times, the London Times, and the New York Times, this study,investigates the role of the media in defining the issues underlying this protest. On the basis of qualitative and quantitative analyses of these data, it was found that these newspapers differed significantly both in terms of the characteristics of their coverage and concerning the explanations they provided for the protest itself. The Irish Times was the most willing to challenge the official account of the hunger strike by consistently publishing stories which emphasized the sincerity and determination of the hunger strikers. It also emphasized the high social costs of the violence. Although the New York Times gave less credence to the hunger strikers' claims than did the Irish Times, it nevertheless maintained that there was a significant political dimension to the conflict. The Times adhered most closely to the official account of the hunger strike, portraying it as a propaganda exercise rather than as an effort to promote the legitimacy of political violence. The implications of these findings for theories of legitimacy and theories of the media are also considered.en_US
dc.format.extent156 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherNorthern Illinois Universityen_US
dc.rightsNIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.en_US
dc.subject.lcshPrisoners--Northern Irelanden_US
dc.subject.lcshCrime and the press--Northern Irelanden_US
dc.subject.lcshHunger strikes--Northern Irelanden_US
dc.subject.lcshNorthern Ireland--Politics and government--1969-en_US
dc.subject.lcshNorthern Ireland--Social conditions--1969-en_US
dc.titleAccounting for death : press coverage of the 1981 Northern Irish hunger strikeen_US
dc.type.genreDissertation/Thesisen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Sociologyen_US
dc.description.degreeM.A. (Master of Arts)en_US


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