This chapter examines the heterogeneous range of views within radical republicanism on armed struggle in present conditions, ranging from outright support to condemnation. The chapter details unprecedented interviews with prominent ‘dissident’ republicans, including individuals who were formerly active in the Provisional Movement (some at a senior operational level). Interviewees include individuals (mainly independents) who justify the Provisional IRA campaign but condemn the current campaign by groups such as the Continuity IRA, the REAL IRA, the New IRA and Óglaigh na hÉireann. This chapter locates the current campaign within the long trajectory of republican armed struggle and highlights the reoccurrence of questions around the utility and morality of armed struggle. The chapter examines the current campaign in the context of Just War Theory and analyses where mandate and legitimacy come from, in the absence of popular support. This chapter presents the views of a member of the leadership of the 32CSM, as well as a spokesperson for the Continuity IRA, regarding what would be sufficient to produce a ceasefire and what constitutes a legitimate target. The chapter presents the views of prominent ‘dissidents’ on whether there should be any republican prisoners at present and details interviews with current prisoners in Maghaberry.
The introduction chapter depicts a common story of thousands of Black migrants to Canada from various Caribbean islands and territories. Contact with a cricket and social club was critical for settling in Toronto’s urban and suburban neighbourhoods, finding (mainly) middle-class jobs, returning home to their nations of origin for visits, and travelling to Black plurilocal homespaces created in Canada, the Caribbean, the United States, and England. The Mavericks Cricket and Social Club (MCSC) involved sport, spectatorship, food, music, dancing, travelling, and socializing that were crucial for recreating the sense of home necessary for Black men’s survival in a city rife with interpersonal and systemic racism. The chapter outlines the ways in which cricket is an essential yet often forgotten component of Black Atlantic cultures and Canadian socio-politics The chapter describes the MCSC participants and researcher involved in this study; reviews the sociological processes of making and crossing group boundaries; and sets the context for the book by reviewing a range of literatures including the Black Atlantic and the Caribbean diaspora in Canada, studies of sporting diasporas, the narrative inquiry approach used, and the contents of the remaining book chapters.