Counter-radicalisation policy and the securing of British identity

The politics of Prevent

By Thomas Martin

Counter-radicalisation policy and the securing of British identity


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4011-1
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £96.00 (incl. VAT)
  • Published Date: April 2019
  • BIC Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Security (National & International), POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General, Educational Strategies & Policy, Government Powers, Society & social sciences / Sociology, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Police & Security Services


This book offers an innovative account of Prevent, Britain's counter-radicalisation strategy, situating it as a novel form of power that has played a central role in the production and the policing of contemporary British identity. Drawing on interviews with those at the heart of Prevent's development, the book provides readers with an in-depth history and conceptualisation of the policy. The book demonstrates that Prevent is an ambitious new way of thinking about violence that has led to the creation of a radical new role for the state: tackling vulnerability to radicalisation. Detailing the history of the policy, and the concepts and practices that have been developed within Prevent, this book critically engages with the assumptions on which they are based and the forms of power they mobilise.


Thomas Martin is Associate Lecturer in International Relations at the University of York


1 The (problematic) history of Prevent
2 The 'separatist' literature on Prevent (and the way forward)
3 The temporal ambition of Prevent: stopping people becoming terrorists
4 Crossing the temporal gap: vulnerability, extremism and the ordering of identities
5 Governing threatening environments: community cohesion and problem institutions
6 The Channel project: identifying individuals who are vulnerable to radicalisation
7 The identity politics of Prevent

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