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Dance in chains : political imprisonment in the modern world

Author: Padraic Kenney
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What part does the imprisoned activist play in the conflict between regimes and their opponents around the world? Political incarceration today seems to offer the clearest evidence of a repressive regime, and of a determined political opposition. Yet surely there are more effective alternatives, for both states and their opponents, than incarceration. Imprisoned opponents, like those of the African National  Read more...
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Kenney, Padraic, 1963-
Dance in chains.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017
(DLC) 2017010949
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Padraic Kenney
ISBN: 9780199375745 0199375747
OCLC Number: 1039423705
Contents: Introduction: Where a free man can abide with honor --
"But I have no wish to be discharged" : when imprisonment became political --
Night and fog : the regime and its prisoners --
"Everyone learned prison" : becoming a political prisoner --
"You have the consolation of being very much in the fight" : the cause in prison --
"How to free your prisoner" : the personal and the political of international prisoner support --
"A close-knit group, chosen with care" : community and order in the political camp and prison --
"I was confusing the prison" : the contest in the cell --
"Why wouldn't I laugh, when I win either way?" : the hunger strike --
"This purgatory is useful" : how prison forges politics --
Conclusion: The politics of prisoners' stories --
Epilogue: "Nobody survives Guantanamo" : a political prison today --
Notes --
Archives consulted.
Responsibility: Padraic Kenney.

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