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Hierarchies of Victims

  • Sarah E. Jankowitz
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict book series (PSCAC)

Abstract

This chapter identifies four distinct yet overlapping types of victims hierarchies which reflect subjective beliefs about deserving victims in Northern Ireland, and articulates how their varying constructions and implications bear on peacebuilding and reconciliation processes. These include moral hierarchies, which privilege innocence and abstention from violence; hierarchies of attention which demonstrate how certain experiences of victimhood garner greater access to resources like investigative rigour and public influence; pragmatic hierarchies, which attempt to objectively assess and order the severity of individuals’ harm; and finally, intergroup hierarchies which exemplify the ethnocentric processes underpinning the victim-perpetrator paradigm. Intergroup hierarchies overlap significantly with other types, even appropriating the language of morality or severity of need to justify prioritising in-group members as the most deserving victims.

Keywords

Victims Ideal victim Northern Ireland Hierarchy Intergroup relations 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah E. Jankowitz
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  1. 1.Institute of Irish StudiesUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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