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Critical Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Christopher Baker-Beall, Charlotte Heath-Kelly, Lee Jarvis


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This book offers a wide-ranging and critical examination of recent counter-radicalisation policies, using case studies from several countries.

Counter-radicalisation policies, such as the UK ‘Prevent’ strategy, have been highly controversial and increasingly criticised since their introduction. In this edited volume, voices from disciplines including sociology, political science, criminology and International Relations are brought together to address issues across the global roll-out of counter-radicalisation agendas. In so doing, the book critically interrogates: (i) the connections between counter-radicalisation and other governmental programmes and priorities relating to integration and community cohesion; (ii) the questionable dependence of counter-radicalisation initiatives on discourses and assumptions about race, risk and vulnerability to extremism; and, (iii) the limitations of existing counter-radicalisation machineries for addressing relatively new types of extremism including amongst ‘right-wing’ activists.

Through examining these questions, the book draws on a range of contemporary case studies spanning from counter-radicalisation in the UK, Germany and Denmark, through to detailed analyses of specific preventative initiatives in Australia and the United States. Conceptually, the chapters engage with a range of critical approaches, including discourse theory, autoethnography and governmentality.

This book will be of much interest to students of radicalisation, critical terrorism studies, counter-terrorism, sociology, security studies and IR in general.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Charlotte Heath-Kelly, Christopher Baker-Beall and Lee Jarvis 1. Radicalisation: The Journey of a Concept, Arun Kundnani 2. UK Prevent and Community Cohesion: Conflict or Synergy, Paul Thomas 3. How Not to Make (ex)Terrorists: PREVENT as Ideological Warfare, Phil Edwards 4. Countering Violent Extremism: Social harmony, community resilience and the potential of counter-narratives in the Australian context, Anne Aly 5. PREVENT Abroad: How Do Local Authorities in Berlin Target Violent Islamic Extremism?, Floris Vermeulen and Julia Berczyk 6. Recognition Masking Response: Preventing Right-Wing Extremism and Radicalisation, Michelle Bentley 7. Challenging Far-Right Extremism: The Other Side of the Coin?, Rocio Cifuentes 8. Mapping the Muslim Community: Attending to the Practices of Counter-radicalisation in the UK, Nadya Ali 9. Policed Multiculturalism in Europe: Governing Radicalisation through Partnerships, Francesco Ragazzi 10. Prevent and the Internet, Lella Nouri and Andrew Whiting 11. The ‘Radicalised’ Subject of Prevent: Challenging Separatist Constructions of Counter-Radicalisation and Community Cohesion’, Thomas Martin 12. Prevent 2011 and Counter-radicalisation: What is Deradicalisation?, Mohammed Elshimi 13. Refocusing Danish Radicalization Prevention: The (Problematic) Logic and Practice of Individual ‘De-radicalization’ Interventions, Lasse Lindekilde

About the Editors

Christopher Baker-Beall is Lecturer in International Relations at Nottingham Trent University.

Charlotte Heath-Kelly is postdoctoral fellow with the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick. Her most recent book is Politics of Violence: Militancy, International Politics, Killing in the name (Routledge, 2013).

Lee Jarvis is Senior Lecturer in International Security at the University of East Anglia. His books include Terrorism a Critical Introduction (2011) and Times of Terror: Discourse, Temporality and the War on Terror (2009).

About the Series

Routledge Critical Terrorism Studies

This book series will publish rigorous and innovative studies on all aspects of terrorism, counter-terrorism and state terror. It seeks to advance a new generation of thinking on traditional subjects, investigate topics frequently overlooked in orthodox accounts of terrorism and to apply knowledge from disciplines beyond International Relations and Security Studies. Books in this series will typically adopt approaches informed by critical-normative theory, post-positivist methodologies and non-Western perspectives, as well as rigorous and reflective orthodox terrorism studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism