Books on subjects related to counter-extremism policy and thought, as recommended by Prevent Watch.

People's Review of Prevent

The People's Review of Prevent

The People’s Review of Prevent is an alternative review to the Government Shawcross Review.

This review provides a voice to the people most impacted by the Prevent Duty.
Prevent is described as ‘safeguarding’ children from harms. However, under Prevent, safeguarding is focused on protecting the wider public from children believed to be ‘risky’, rather than protecting children from harms.

Throughout our report we present case studies that show how real these harms can be and the distress they cause to children and their families and carers.

CategoriesBooks Education Resources

Higher Education, Prevent and Academic Freedom in the UK

As part of discussions about academic freedom in the UK, John Holmwood asks why the harms of the UK’s counter-extremism strategy Prevent have not featured in relation to concerns about academic freedom, and why’s it’s important they should.

CategoriesBooks Health Resources

Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion and Terror, 1817-2020

Epidemic Empire will be of interest for post-colonial studies as a background to counter-extremism, and for those concerned with the presence of Prevent in healthcare.


Spatialized Islamophobia

Kawtar Najib’s 2021 book reveals the multi-scalar nature of Islamophobia in Paris and London. Najib also questions the whiteness of the discipline of geography, which impacts studies of this kind.


The Emergence of ‘Extremism’: Exposing Violent Discourse

The Emergence of ‘Extremism’: Exposing the Violent Discourse and Language of ‘Radicalisation’ is informed by Rob Faure Walker’s experience with Prevent while teaching in a Muslim community.

CategoriesBooks Education Resources Prevent Duty in the Arts

No Alternative to Prevent? New essay collection searches for other solutions

A new publication that questions the assumption that there are no alternatives to Prevent, and which builds upon the original There are No Alternatives exhibition (2019).


Terror and the Dynamism of Islamophobia in 21st Century Britain

Terror and the Dynamism of Islamophobia in 21st Century Britain is a 700-page treatise on anti-Muslim sentiment from within post-colonial studies and within wider racial politics.

CategoriesBooks Education Resources

Islam on Campus: Contested identities and the cultures of higher education in Britain

Using the largest data set collected in the UK at the time (2015–18), Islam on Campus explores how Islam is represented, perceived and lived in UK higher education.

CategoriesBooks Community Resources

The demography of ethnic minorities in Britain (Book Chapter)

This chapter ‘The demography of ethnic minorities in Britain’ was used as a reference in the People’s Review of Prevent to disprove the first argument used for Prevent: “social cohesion”.


Extremism: A book by John Berger

Written by John Berger and published in August 2018, this book attempts to understand what extremism is, how extremist ideologies are constructed, and why extremism can lead to violence.


Responding to the Threat of Violent Extremism – Failing to Prevent

In this monograph focusing on the problems and limitations of British attempts to “prevent violent extremism” relevant to its time, Thomas argues for “new, cohesion-based approaches”.