State Policy and Strategy: Prevent, “Multi-agency” Responses, and the Way Forward
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In this chapter, questions of British state policy in the areas of counter-extremism and counter-terrorism are examined from the perspective of their effects on identity. The frame for analysis is an expansive chronological examination, which notes how contemporary counter-terrorism policy was shaped by the experience of “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland in the latter part of the twentieth century. A detailed and empirical analysis is then undertaken of the contemporary “Prevent” policy, which lies at the heart of British security debates and narratives in a most controversial form.
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