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The Hoods: Crime and Punishment in Belfast

Heather Hamill


A distinctive feature of the conflict in Northern Ireland over the past forty years has been the way Catholic and Protestant paramilitaries have policed their own communities. This has mainly involved the violent punishment of petty criminals involved in joyriding and other types of antisocial behavior. Between 1973 and 2007, more than 5,000 nonmilitary shootings and assaults were attributed to paramilitaries punishing their own people. But despite the risk of severe punishment, young petty offenders—known locally as “hoods”—continue to offend, creating a puzzle for the rational theory of crim ... More

Keywords: Northern Ireland, conflict, Protestant paramilitaries, Catholic paramilitaries, antisocial behaviour, petty offenders, criminal deterrence, punishment

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691180687
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691180687.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather Hamill, author
University of Oxford

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