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Between two stools? the government's 'Preventing Violent Extremism' agenda

Thomas, Paul (2009) Between two stools? the government's 'Preventing Violent Extremism' agenda. The Political Quarterly, 80 (2). pp. 282-291. ISSN 0032-3179

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    Abstract

    The 7/7 London suicide bombings of July 2005 and numerous subsequent Islamist terror plots have highlighted the reality of an 'internal' threat to Britain. One governmental response has been the 'Preventing Violent Extremism' (PVE) programme. Whilst the educational aspect of its focus on Muslim young people is to be welcomed, there are serious concerns as to whether PVE policy, as currently designed, is falling between two stools. To date, the programme focuses exclusively on Muslim communities in flat contradiction to the integration policy priority of community cohesion, so risking further defensiveness from Muslim communities and resentment from white working class communities. Whilst ignoring the right-wing extremism growing in some of those white communities, PVE work with young people is actually failing to engage openly and robustly with the real political issues driving Muslim anger and minority extremist support. The confidence, understanding and skills of educational practitioners are vital here

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
    J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
    Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
    School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice
    School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Social Cohesion Research Group
    School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Early Years Childhood Youth and Community Research
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    Depositing User: Briony Heyhoe
    Date Deposited: 19 May 2009 17:09
    Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 12:44
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/4384

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