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The HoodsCrime and Punishment in Belfast$
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Heather Hamill

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691180687

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691180687.001.0001

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(p.127) Five Loyalists
The Hoods

Heather Hamill

Princeton University Press

This chapter turns to the Protestant community and examines paramilitary punishment attacks (PPAs) perpetrated by Loyalist paramilitaries. Although the violent methods used by Republican and Loyalist armed groups are similar, their motivation is somewhat different. In particular, the supply of PPAs carried out by Loyalist paramilitaries outweighs the demand from the local population. In this case, PPAs are used against delinquent young people, but they are also used to discipline members and settle scores within and between groups to a greater extent than in the Republican case. The chapter also examines antisocial behavior among young people in Protestant areas and finds differences between Protestants and Catholics in the specific types of offending. The explanation for this variation lies in the structure and number of Loyalist armed groups and the different types of opportunities for community recognition, which the respective political and paramilitary organizations offer to them.

Keywords:   Protestants, Loyalist paramilitaries, PPAs, paramilitary punishment attacks, community recognition, antisocial behavior, Catholics

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