Preventing Violent Extremism: Perceptions of Policy from Grassroots and Communities

17 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2012  

Suraj Lakhani

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Date Written: May 2012

Abstract

This article examines the implementation of the UK's ‘Prevent Strategy’ for countering terrorist risks and threats. Informed by qualitative data, it critically assesses the perception and reception ‘on the ground’ of Prevent Strategy policies amongst those individuals who are, in many ways, the focus of such interventions. It is found that there are a number of grievances held, though three are of particular concern and revolve around funding issues, confusion of the overarching aims of the strategy, and suspicions of intelligence gathering and spying within Muslim communities.

Keywords: terrorism, counter‐terrorism (CT), radicalisation, counter‐radicalisation, de‐radicalisation, Prevent Strategy, preventing violent extremism (PVE), Muslim communities, policing ethnic minority communities

Suggested Citation

Lakhani, Suraj, Preventing Violent Extremism: Perceptions of Policy from Grassroots and Communities (May 2012). The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 51, Issue 2, pp. 190-206, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2034662 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2311.2011.00685.x

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