The Civil Rights Campaign - A Selected Reading List
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The following is a draft list of selected reading material on the Civil Rights Movement in Northern Ireland. The reader should also consult the CAIN bibliography for further references for this subject and for the full citations of the following items.
Devlin, Bernadette. (1969). The Price of My Soul. London: Pan Books Ltd.
Farrell, Michael. (1980). Northern Ireland: The Orange State. (2nd ed.) London: Pluto Press.
Kingsley, P. (1989). Londonderry Revisited: A Loyalist Analysis of the Civil Rights Controversy. Belfast: Belfast Publications.
McCann, Eamonn. (1993). War and an Irish Town. (3rd ed.) London: Pluto Press.
Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA). (1978). "We Shall Overcome" .... The History of the Struggle for Civil Rights in Northern Ireland 1968-1978. Belfast: Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA).
Ó Dochartaigh, Niall. (1997). From Civil Rights to Armalites: Derry and the Birth of the Irish Troubles. Cork: Cork University Press.
Purdie, Bob. (1990). 'Politics in the Streets: The origins of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland'. Belfast: Blackstaff Press.
Rose, Peter. (2000). How the Troubles Came to Northern Ireland. Basingstoke: Macmillan Press Ltd.
Stetler, Russell. (1970). The Battle of Bogside: the politics of violence in Northern Ireland. London: Sheed and Ward.
General Reference Texts
Bardon, Jonathan. (1992). A History of Ulster. Belfast: Blackstaff Press.
A debate took place in the pages of the British Journal of Sociology between (mainly) Hewitt and O'Hearn on the extent of discrimination against Catholics. This debate lasted from 1981 to 1987 and the papers give a good overview of the arguments on both sides of this issue.
Hewitt, Christopher. (1981). 'Catholic grievances, Catholic nationalism and violence in Northern Ireland during the Civil Rights period: A Reconsideration', British Journal of Sociology, Vol.32, No.3, pp.362-380, 1981.
O'Hearn, Denis. (1983). 'Catholic grievances, Catholic nationalism: a comment', British Journal of Sociology, Vol.34, No.3, pp.438-445, 1983.
Hewitt, Christopher. (1983). 'Discrimination in Northern Ireland: a rejoinder', British Journal of Sociology, Vol.34, No.3, pp.446-451, 1983.
O'Hearn, Denis. (1985). 'Again on discrimination in Northern Ireland: a reply to the rejoinder', British Journal of Sociology, Vol.36, No.1, pp.94-101, 1985.
Hewitt, Christopher. (1985). 'Catholic grievances and violence in Northern Ireland', British Journal of Sociology, Vol.36, No.1, pp.102-5, 1985.
Kovalcheck, Kassian A. (1987). 'Catholic grievances in Northern Ireland: appraisal and judgment', British Journal of Sociology, Vol.38, No.1, pp.77-87, 1987.
Hewitt, Christopher. (1987). 'Explaining violence in Northern Ireland', British Journal of Sociology, Vol.38, No.1, pp.88-93, 1987.
See the list of source documents for the full text of a number of key pamphlets produced by groups such as the Campaign for Social Justice.
CAIN contains information and source material on the conflict and politics in Northern Ireland.
CAIN is based within Ulster University.
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