Denis O’Hearn, professor of sociology, had a book launched July 15 at the European Parliament Offices in Rome by the vice-president of the European Parliament, Roberta Angelilli. Il diario di Bobby Sands. Storia di un ragazzo irlandese is a translation by Italian journalist Silvia Calamati of a book by O’Hearn and Laurence McKeown, Irish playright and former hunger striker. The book, aimed at young readers, explains how someone becomes involved in social movement and protest, using the life story of the Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands. O’Hearn’s full-length biography of Bobby Sands, Nothing but an Unfinished Song: Bobby Sands, the Irish Hunger Striker Who Ignited a Generation, was published by Nation Books in 1996. Last year in the American Journal of Sociology, O’Hearn’s article “Repression and solidary cultures of resistance” analyzed for academic audiences how Sands and other Irish political prisoners built and maintained the “blanket protest” in Irish prisons during the late 1970s, a protest that led to the Irish hunger strikes of 1908-81.
November 30, 2010