‘A few lousy hours’: time pressure in the Irish hunger strike of 1980

An article I wrote on negotiations surrounding the 1980 Hunger Strike is in today’s Irish Times online http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/a-few-lousy-hours-time-pressure-in-the-1980-hunger-strike-1.2468618

“The Irish hunger strikes of 1980 and 1981 are often represented as a ghoulish relic of the past, as blood sacrifice and martyrdom. But a hunger strike is a profoundly modern negotiating tactic, one of the few ways in which a weak party can set a meaningful deadline for the conclusion of negotiations with a complex bureaucracy. Above all, a hunger strike is a struggle over time, one that pits the temporal rhythms of the human body against the organisational time of the state…”

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About niallodoc

Senior Lecturer in the School of Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland Galway
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