Journal Articles

Useful journal articles for advocates against counter-extremism and the UK Prevent strategy.

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.

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Where is Palestine in Critical Terrorism Studies? A roundtable conversation

The journal Critical Studies on Terrorism has published a paper including the subject of how Prevent targets activity related to Palestine and Palestinians. Prevent Watch contributed expertise and cases.

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Embodying the inquiry: disaster, affectivity, and the localised politics of security

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.

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The psychologisation of counter-extremism: unpacking Prevent

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. 

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Securitisation, ‘fundamental British values’ and the neutralisation of Muslim dissent

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.

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Trojan Horse Affair as Rapid Response: Religion, ‘British Values’ and Equalities Teaching in the Context of Prevent

The Birmingham Trojan Horse affair – a supposed plot to Islamicise schools – which hit the headlines in March 2014 has been the main impetus for changes to the Government’s Prevent strategy. The affair was viewed as deriving from a failure of integration of some within Britain’s Muslim communities and their embrace of values inimical to democracy, the rule of law and tolerance toward other religions. New guidance on fundamental British values (democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and religious tolerance) was put forward to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain. Yet Ofsted reports prior to 2014 had found no evidence of anything untoward in the schools in question and had declared the pupils to be well-prepared. Additionally, professional misconduct cases against teachers allegedly involved in the plot collapsed because of improprieties in the pursuit of the prosecution case. Yet the narrative of a threat to integration and […]

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Producing ‘internal suspect bodies’: Divisive effects of UK counter-terrorism measures on Muslims in Leeds and Bradford

Drawing from interviews with British Muslims living in Leeds or Bradford, Dr Abbas explores how the co-option of Muslim community members to Prevent fractures relations within Muslim communities so that “the terrors of counter-terrorism” are reproduced internally.

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The Rise and Restraint of the Preventive State

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.

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Prevent deepens Islamophobia and ‘compromises the Mental Health Act’ in the UK

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.

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Embedding infrastructures of surveillance in Muslim communities through Prevent

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.

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Ideology, utopia and Islam on campus: How to free speech a little from its own terrors

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.

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Counter-terrorism in the health sector: Evaluating Prevent in the NHS

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.

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Prevent and counter-extremism as counter insurgency

By applying counter insurgency frameworks to modern counter-extremism, this journal article argues that the UK’s Prevent strategy is a counter-insurgency tool.

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‘Muslim integration’: Differences in attitudes towards ‘Britishness’

Muslim integration is a subject rife with negative rhetoric, but this journal article rejects and challenges this, while highlighting racism as a determiner.

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A Decade Lost: Rethinking Radicalisation and Extremism

This report fundamentally encourages a rethink of commonly held theories related to radicalisation and extremism.

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State-Muslim engagement: Governing through Prevent

This journal article discusses state-Muslim engagement by considering the implications of the Prevent strategy. 

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The development of the extremist risk guidelines (ERG22+) for offenders

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.

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Inclusive Britishness: A Multiculturalist Advance

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”.

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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.

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Failed and Friendless: The UK’s “Preventing Violent Extremism” programme

The UK government’s preventing violent extremism programme was exposed in 2010 as being both failed and counter-productive – this article shows how.