Social cohesion and counter-terrorism : a policy contradiction /
by Charles Husband and Yunis Alam.
Bristol : Policy Press, 2011.
ix, 260 p. ; 24 cm.
1847428010 (pbk.), 9781847428011 (pbk.)
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Bristol : Policy Press, 2011.
1847428010 (pbk.)
9781847428011 (pbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Charles Husband is a fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland, and Professor of Social Analysis at the University of Bradford, UK. He has a long history of research on ethnic relations, bringing a distinctive interdisciplinary perspective to his work. Yunis Alam is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Bradford. His research includes projects dealing with mass media, ethnicity, identity and social cohesion.
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Husband and Alam's study provides an insightful, impassioned and devestating critique of community cohesion and counter-terrorism policy in the UK and sets out the urgent need for radical new directions. Essential reading. John Flint, Sheffield Hallam University
Inclusion or exclusion? Engagement or isolation? Contributors to the social whole or threats to the moral order? In this far reaching study of Cohesion and Prevent, two poles of British public policy that have effectively supplanted multiculturalism, Husband and Alam explore British Muslims, social and economic power, and the contemporary meaning of the 'social'. As human rights are sacrificed and economic and social rights disintegrate, social disorder may well be amplified by exactly those policies ostensibly designed to suppress it. A powerful and insightful analysis with global implications. Andrew Jakubowicz, Professor Sociology, University of Technology, Sydney
Is a cohesive society always a good one? This extraordinary book points to the alarming way 'community cohesion' intiatives elide assimilation and integration, and are implicated in the stripping of the human rights of the 'enemy next door' and in the scrutiny of Muslim communities. An essential read for anyone who wants to understand multicultural life in Britain. Les Back, Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London
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Main Description
This book offers a research-based contribution to the debate around community cohesion and counter-terrorism policies in Britain. It is based upon privileged access to staff and elected members at five major local authorities, and upon qualitative interviews with a diverse range of individuals from differing ethnic communities who live and work in these areas. Social Cohesion and Counter-Terrorism provides an empirically led critical contribution to the understanding of current policies that have a direct impact upon the experiences of citizens in multi-ethnic urban contexts. It addresses the culpability of the central government in its construction of two policy agendas which have had serious negative consequences for British ethnic relations. The book explores the misfit between central government policy construction and the reality of the local authority's implementation of the policy.
Main Description
Post 9/11, the imposition of policies of counter-terrorism has seen the erosion of support for fundamental human rights. Simultaneously, Muslim communities in European cities have become a focus for state and local policy, leading to a fixation with policies of social cohesion. This book offers a unique research-based contribution to the debate around community cohesion and counter-terrorism policies in Britain. Through privileged access to the senior management and staff of five metropolitan authorities it reveals the contradictions between these policies as they are implemented in tandem at the local level. A robust critique of contemporary policy, this book is for all academics, policy makers and practitioners concerned with the management of ethnic diversity.
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This work offers a research- based contribution to the debate around community cohesion and counter-terrorism policies in Britain. It is based upon privileged access to staff and elected members at 5 major local authorities, and upon qualitative interviews with a diverse range of people from differing ethnic communities.
Table of Contents
Contentsp. v
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Background and developmentp. 5
Methodp. 7
The samplep. 9
Terms of engagementp. 11
Interpretationp. 12
Structure of the bookp. 14
Community Cohesion: its development and limitationsp. 17
Introductionp. 17
Community Cohesion: putting its initial emergence into the historical context of British ethnic relationsp. 19
The 1981 'riots' and the Scarman Reportp. 23
Post-Scarman and 'the enemy within'p. 25
The 'Rushdie Affair' and the emergence of a Muslim political identityp. 29
Muslim difference and British identity and valuesp. 31
The murder of Stephen Lawrence and the Macpherson Reportp. 34
Social cohesion in the context of wider Labour Party policyp. 37
RED, SID and MUD: competing underlying discoursesp. 38
Social capital: the elixir of social cohesionp. 42
Emergence of Community Cohesion and its linkage to 'self-segregation'p. 45
Community cohesion and its ideological baggagep. 57
The prevention of violent extremismp. 61
Introductionp. 61
Emergence of British counter-terrorist policy post the London bombingsp. 62
Construction of Prevent and its focus on Islamp. 71
Muslims, the media and terrorismp. 78
Media and representing diversityp. 78
Media and counter-terrorismp. 83
Counter-terrorism in the wider context of securitisationp. 87
Prevent and human rightsp. 91
Conclusionp. 94
Anti-Muslimismp. 97
Introductionp. 97
Anti-Muslimism defined and revealedp. 98
Deconstructing Islamophobiap. 102
Examining the dynamics of anti-Muslimismp. 109
Theorising the dynamics of anti-Muslimism: Werbner (2005)p. 114
Theorising the dynamics of anti-Muslimism: contemporary social psychological insightsp. 119
Conclusionp. 126
The experience of managing Community Cohesion and Preventp. 129
Introductionp. 129
Managing Community Cohesion and Prevent: the organisational responsep. 132
The local state and central governmentp. 137
Policy overload and local discretionp. 139
Prevent as politically problematic, and its implications for the implementation of community cohesionp. 144
The intersection of Prevent and Community Cohesionp. 150
Fundingp. 154
The 'usual suspects'p. 160
Prevent as morally problematic to local authority staffp. 164
Specific experience of Muslim staff membersp. 168
Communities, identities, governancep. 173
Community perceptionsp. 175
Muslim communitiesp. 176
Non-Muslim communitiesp. 179
Myth bustingp. 182
Interference from other government policiesp. 185
Community Cohesion, Prevent and inequalityp. 186
Conclusionp. 189
Conclusionp. 191
Introductionp. 191
Implications of the data on the implementation of Community Cohesion and Preventp. 192
Organisational context and responsep. 192
The political impact of Preventp. 193
Managing Community Cohesion and Preventp. 195
The experience of local authority personnelp. 200
Communities, identities and governancep. 202
Symptoms and causes: the marginalisation of inequalityp. 208
Making explicit a theoretical framework for Community Cohesion and counter-terrorismp. 215
Bibliographyp. 227
Index of subjectsp. 251
Index of authorsp. 259
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