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Policing - A Selected Reading List

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The following is a draft list of selected reading material on the Key Issue of Policing, which may be of use while the CAIN web pages on this subject are being completed. The reader should also consult the CAIN bibliography for further references on this issue.


Key Texts

Brewer, John. D. and Magee, Kathleen. (1991), Inside the RUC: Routine Policing in a Divided Society. London: Oxford University Press.

Ellison, Graham. and Smyth, Jim. (2000), The Crowned Harp: Policing Northern Ireland.. London: Pluto Press.

Hamilton, A., Moore, L. and Trimble, T. (1995), Policing a Divided Society: Issues and Perceptions in Northern Ireland. Coleraine: Centre for the Study of Conflict, University of Ulster.

McGarry, John. and O'Leary, Brendan. (1999), Policing Northern Ireland: Proposals for a New Start.. Belfast: Blackstaff.

Mulcahy, Aogán. (2006) Policing Northern Ireland: Conflict, legitimacy and reform. Cullompton: Willan Publishing.

Ryder, Chris. (2000), The RUC 1922-2000: A Force Under Fire (3rd edition). London: Arrow Books.

Wright, Joanne. and Bryett, keith. (2000), Policing and Conflict in Northern Ireland.. New York: St. Martin's Press.

General Reference Texts

Bardon, Jonathan. (1992) A History of Ulster. Belfast: Blackstaff Press.
Bew, Paul., and Gillespie, Gordon. (1999) Northern Ireland: A Chronology of the Troubles 1968-1999. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan.
Coogan, Tim Pat. (1995) The Troubles: Ireland's Ordeal 1966-1996 and the Search for Peace. London: Hutchinson.
Elliott, Sydney., and Flakes, W.D. (1999) Northern Ireland: A Political Directory 1968-1999 Belfast: Blackstaff Press.
McKittrick, David. (2000) Making Sense of the Troubles. Belfast: Blackstaff Press.
McKittrick, David., Kelters, Seamus., Feeney, Brian., and Thornton, Chris. (1999) Lost Lives: The stories of the men, women and children who died as a result of the Northern Ireland troubles. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing.
Sutton, Malcolm. (1994) An Index of Deaths from the Conflict in Ireland 1969-1993. Belfast: Beyond the Pale. [See also the revised and updated Sutton Index of Deaths.]


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