Victims or Survivors? The Debate on Victimhood in Northern Ireland

Dr Karola Dillenburger,
Montserrat Fargas,
Rym Akhonzada
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There is a broad range of definitions of victimhood. The term 'victim' might be seen in a negative sense, because it is often perceived as implying stereotypes of vulnerability, passivity and weakness. But, on the other hand, the term can entail benefits such as recognition, validation, support and compensation. In Northern Ireland, the debate becomes extremely politically loaded and follows well-trodden sectarian lines. The main aims of this paper are to briefly examine the various connotations of the terms victim and survivor, to analyse the debate in Northern Ireland and its political implications, and finally, to present a general overview of the research undertaken to identify who are the victims.

Keywords: Victims and Survivors, Northern Ireland, Victim's Groups, Hierarchies of Victimhood, Community Violence
Stream: Ethnicity, Difference, Identity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Victims or Survivors?

Dr Karola Dillenburger

Senior Lecturer, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen's University of Belfast

Montserrat Fargas

Research Fellow, School of Social Work, Queen's University Belfast

Rym Akhonzada

Research Co-ordinator, School of Social Work, Queen's University Belfast

Ref: H05P0886