‘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…”






About niallodoc

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