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Rereading internment

perceived. Yet, in documenting their subversive behaviour, these narratives have also added to the aura of internment’s failure without accounting for the newer mechanics it sought to achieve. Emphasis needs to be shifted towards the military imperatives behind the operation: its new models of counter-­insurgency and their impact upon future military initiatives in the North. Rather than in the classic texts of i­ nternment – ­Adams’s Cage Eleven (1990) or Morrison’s West Belfast (1989) – it is through more marginal ­accounts – ­John McGuffin’s The Guineapigs (1974

in Northern Ireland and the politics of boredom