Political protest as a form of performance: an exploration of the Republican hunger strikes and dirty protests in Northern Ireland, focusing on the women’s struggle in Armagh jail.

Arden, Jade (2013) Political protest as a form of performance: an exploration of the Republican hunger strikes and dirty protests in Northern Ireland, focusing on the women’s struggle in Armagh jail. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This thesis argues that political protest can be viewed as a form of performance. Using an inside account of the imprisonment in Armagh, contrived from an interview from the playwright and political activist Margaretta D’Arcy, along with an extensive amount of literature, the process of the dirty protest is explored. By looking at the historical context of Northern Ireland and the Republican history, this thesis questions the reasoning behind the protest from a Republican viewpoint. Drawing from the works of Foucault and anthropologists such as a Feldman, the issue of violence and power subjected upon the women in Armagh is analysed in relation to the subject of the government. This thesis uses Judith Butlers work on bodies in the space and how they become a performative figure. The idea of political protest has been placed within the spectrum of performance, using Richard Schechner’s idea of ‘direct theatre’.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jenni King
    Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2014 08:59
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:33
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14274

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