Crimes of a “benevolent” hegemony: Configurations of UK power in Northern Ireland and Iraq

Hamourtziadou, Lily and O'Sullivan, Aidan (2021) Crimes of a “benevolent” hegemony: Configurations of UK power in Northern Ireland and Iraq. Journal of Global Faultlines, 8 (2). pp. 153-171. ISSN 2397-7825

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Themes of hegemony and neoliberalism are explored in this paper that looks at UK role in crimes against humanity in Ireland and in Iraq, either alone or as part of a hegemonic coalition that claims to be fighting a brutal, unjust, and uncivilized insurgency. The common thread that ties crimes spanning 100 years is the narrative of the “benevolent” hegemon that kills, tortures, enslaves, and occupies for the good of the victims. Power is exercised by the
hegemon through military and political domination under the guise of a civilized protector, liberator, and the bearer of progress and order.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
30 September 2021Accepted
22 November 2021Published Online
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-03 - politics > CAH15-03-01 - politics
CAH16 - law > CAH16-01 - law > CAH16-01-01 - law
CAH19 - language and area studies > CAH19-04 - languages and area studies > CAH19-04-07 - African and modern Middle Eastern studies
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Lily Hamourtziadou
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2021 16:05
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2021 16:05

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