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Thinking Allowed: Dissident Irish Republicans and Ulrich Beck

Updated Thursday, 15th January 2015

On this week's Thinking Allowed, guests discuss whether the upsurge in dissident Republican violence is explained by the history of splits within the movement. 

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Thinking Allowed, hosted by Laurie Taylor, is BBC Radio 4's weekly focus on the social sciences.

Mural of IRA women in Wandbild, Belfast Creative commons image Icon PPCC Antifa under CC-BY-NC-SA licence under Creative-Commons license On this week's programme

Dissident Irish Republicanism:

Laurie Taylor talks to John Morrison, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of East London, about his in depth study into the recent intensification of rogue paramilitary activity, Can the the upsurge in dissident Republican violence be explained by the history of splits within the Movement? He charts the rise of groups including the Real IRA, Continuity IRA and the newly emerging 'New IRA.' He's joined by Henry Mcdonald, Belfast correspondent at the Observer newspaper.

The death of Ulrich Beck:
Angela McRobbie, Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, gives a tribute to the eminent German sociologist who died earlier this month. What do his ideas about the 'risk society' tell us about current concerns relating to global terrorism?

This edition of Thinking Allowed is first broadcast on Wednesday 21st January 2015 at 4.00pm on BBC Radio 4. For further broadcast details, and to listen again where available, please visit

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