Narratives of Political Violence: Life Stories of Former Militants, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Narratives of Political Violence

Life Stories of Former Militants, 1st Edition

By Raquel da Silva


158 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2018-08-06
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An exploration of how political violence is constructed, this book presents the life stories of individuals once committed to political transformation through violent means in Portugal.

Challenging simplistic conceptualisations about the actors of violence, this book examines issues of temporality, gender and interpersonal dynamics in the study of political violence. It is the first comprehensive case study of political violence in Portugal, based on the perspectives of former militants. These are individuals from different political spheres who became convinced that they could not be mere spectators of the circumstances of their times. For them, the only viable way of making a difference was through violent acts. Applying the Dialogical Self Theory to trace the identity positions underpinning their narratives, this book not only sheds light on radicalisation and deradicalisation processes at the individual level, but also on the meso- and macro-level contexts that instigate engagement with and encourage disengagement from armed organisations.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of critical terrorism studies, political violence, European history and security studies more generally.

Table of Contents


1. Political Violence in Context: The Portuguese Armed Struggle

2.Identity Journeys through Political Narratives of Violence

3. Engagement with a Politically Violent Organisation

4. Life within a Politically Violent Organisation

5. Disengagement from a Politically Violent Organisation

Concluding remarks

About the Author

Raquel da Silva is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the International Development Department, University of Birmingham, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Terrorism Studies

This book series will publish rigorous and innovative studies on all aspects of terrorism, counter-terrorism and state terror. It seeks to advance a new generation of thinking on traditional subjects, investigate topics frequently overlooked in orthodox accounts of terrorism and to apply knowledge from disciplines beyond International Relations and Security Studies. Books in this series will typically adopt approaches informed by critical-normative theory, post-positivist methodologies and non-Western perspectives, as well as rigorous and reflective orthodox terrorism studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Europe / Spain & Portugal
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Law Enforcement
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism