By Ian Miller
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It is the 1st monograph-length examine of the force-feeding of starvation strikers in English, Irish and northerly Irish prisons. It examines moral debates that arose through the 20th century whilst governments accepted the force-feeding of imprisoned suffragettes, Irish republicans and convict prisoners. It additionally explores the fraught position of criminal medical professionals referred to as upon to accomplish the method. because the domestic place of work first accepted force-feeding in 1909, a couple of questions were raised in regards to the strategy. Is force-feeding secure? Can it kill? Are medical professionals who feed prisoners opposed to their will forsaking the clinical moral norms in their occupation? And do country our bodies use criminal medical professionals to aid take on political dissidence every now and then of political crisis?
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Extra info for A History of Force Feeding: Hunger Strikes, Prisons and Medical Ethics, 1909-1974
This chapter also briefly considers the fate of force-fed peace activists during the Cold War and Irish republican prisoners during the Second World War (or the ‘Emergency’, as it was termed in Ireland) who were allowed to starve to death. In summary, this chapter investigates the relationship between hunger strikers and wartime governments to consider how the discourses that surround conflict can tarnish the experiences of fasting prisoners. Chapter 6 focuses on the question of whether force-feeding is therapeutic or punitive.
81 This study by no means seeks to add to the sensationalistic trend of writing shocking exposés of the medical past. Accordingly, it refrains from depicting prison doctors simply as brutal torturers intent on shoving stomach tubes deep into the bodies of defenceless suffragettes and Irish republicans. Instead, it offers a more nuanced, reflective, account of prison medical practice and prisoner experiences. For instance, it examines how prison doctors navigated the ethical problems that surrounded forcefeeding; the ways in which the bodies of hunger strikers were monitored, regulated, and cared for; and the diversity of opinion (even within the medical profession) on the need to feed prisoners against their will.
74–81. James Vernon, Hunger: A Modern History (Cambridge, Mass. 60. Y. 170. 61–76. 816–46. Lauren Wilcox, ‘Dying is not Permitted: Sovereignty, Biopower and Force Feeding at Guantánamo Bay’, in Shampa Biswas and Zahi Zalloua (eds), Torture, Power, Democracy and the Human Body (Washington D. 102–3. Judith Todd, Through the Darkness: A Life in Zimbabwe (Cape Town: Zebra, 2007). 6. 4. 32 I. MILLER 47. 1. 48. 1. 49. See, for instance, the debate in ‘Suffragettes in Prison (Supply of Food)’, House of Commons Debates (6 October 1909), vol.
A History of Force Feeding: Hunger Strikes, Prisons and Medical Ethics, 1909-1974 by Ian Miller