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Negotiating liberty: the use of political opportunities and civil society by barbary state captives and Guantánamo Bay detainees

Banham, Cynthia; Goodin, Brett


This article contrasts two distinct sets of prisoners who were held by foreign governments: sailors from the United States held captive in Algiers in the late-eighteenth century and British citizens detained in Guantánamo Bay in the early-twenty-first century. The article uses social movement theory to examine and compare the campaigns orchestrated by these men and their supporters, and the role of those campaigns in securing their freedom. It demonstrates the utility of social movement theory...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016-06
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Politics & History
DOI: 10.1111/ajph.12243
Access Rights: Open Access


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