Useful journal articles for advocates against counter-extremism and the UK Prevent strategy.
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.
Through an approach of embodying the inquiry, this journal article investigates the scope, recommendations, and forensic investigation of the Manchester Arena Inquiry, and the way it places further responsibility for security on civil society, while being divorced from actual experiences of local spaces.
The “psychologisation of counter-extremism” is happening apace; this 2020 journal article argues that this is to evade the charge of racism in managing Muslim political agency.
This short journal article by Dr. Khadijah Elshayyal considers the impact of the statutory promotion of ‘fundamental British values’ through Prevent on Muslims in the UK.
The rise of the Preventive State assumes security as a core function; this journal article considers the drivers, multiple manifestations, and consequences of preventive policies for criminal justice.
Post 9/11 Islamophobia and the pathologisation of black people should be tackled as part of the Mental Health Act review, argue former psychiatrist Suman Fernando and researcher Tarek Younis.
Prevent is part of a wider surveillance strategy of Muslim civic agency, and this journal article was one of the first to explore this as a colonialist approach.
This journal article acknowledges the presence of Islam and campus and the presence of Prevent. It calls for free speech as the answer to polarising conditions.
Among the first empirical studies of how healthcare workers are trained to perform a counter-terrorism role under the UK Prevent strategy, this report evidences safeguarding professionals ethical concerns.
By applying counter insurgency frameworks to modern counter-extremism, this journal article argues that the UK’s Prevent strategy is a counter-insurgency tool.
Muslim integration is a subject rife with negative rhetoric, but this journal article rejects and challenges this, while highlighting racism as a determiner.
This paper laid the foundation for the development of the ERG22+ (Extremist Risk Guidelines) that have formed part of Prevent training in the public services.
While the definition of Britishness is a matter of debate, and the policy of multiculturalism is said to be in retreat, this article claims that there is, in fact, “a multiculturalist advance”.
Counter-Terrorism and the Counterfactual: Producing the ‘Radicalisation’ Discourse and the UK Prevent Strategy
Counter-Terrorism and the Counterfactual’ is of interest to those concerned with the foundational assumptions of counter-extremism, especially current ‘radicalisation’ theories, whether in the UK or globally.
The UK government’s preventing violent extremism programme was exposed in 2010 as being both failed and counter-productive – this article shows how.