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1st Edition

Education, Security and Intelligence Studies

Edited By

Liam Gearon

ISBN 9780367251727
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
170 Pages

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Book Description

With intensified threats to global security from international terrorism worldwide, education systems themselves face these same unprecedented security threats. Schools and universities have become marked loci of interest for the monitoring of extremism and counter-terrorism by security and intelligence agencies. The relationship between education systems and national security is nothing new though – it extends in surprising and unexpected ways into territory which is by turns open and covert, even secret.

Acknowledging the genuine political and security concerns which have drawn educational systems ever closer to the intelligence community, this book shows how and why this has happened, and explains why the relationship between education and the security and intelligence communities extends beyond contemporary concerns with counter-terrorism. As the title of this book demonstrates, this is as much an intellectual challenge as a security struggle.

Education, Security and Intelligence Studies thus critically engages with multi-disciplinary perspectives on a complex and contentious interface: between systems of often secret and covert national security and intelligence and open systems of national education. Delving into difficult to access and often closely guarded aspects of public life, the book provides the pathfinding groundwork and theoretical modelling for research into a complex of little explored institutional and epistemological interconnectedness between universities and the security and intelligence agencies. This book was originally published as a special issue of the British Journal of Educational Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Education, Security and Intelligence Studies Liam Gearon

1. Intelligence studies, universities and security Anthony Glees

2. Extremism and neo-liberal education policy: A contextual critique of the Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham schools James Arthur

3. Neither villains nor victims: Towards an educational perspective on radicalisation Stijn Sieckelinck, Femke Kaulingfreks and Micha De Winter

4. The politicisation and securitisation of religious education? A rejoinder Robert Jackson

5. Thinking interestingly: The use of game play to enhance learning and facilitate critical thinking within a Homeland Security curriculum Keith Cozine

6. A golden age of security and education? Adult education for civil defence in the United States 1950–1970 John Preston

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Liam Francis Gearon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education and a Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, UK. The author or editor of over twenty-five books, he has undertaken funded research for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, and the Society for Educational Studies. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.