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Responding to the Threat of Violent Extremism: Failing to Prevent

Responding to the Threat of Violent Extremism: Failing to Prevent (Hardback)

By Thomas, Paul

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Home-grown terrorism was responsible for the 7/7 London bombings and a number of subsequent plots. Using empirical evidence, this book highlights the misguided and ineffective efforts of the UK government to 'prevent violent extremism', particularly amongst young Muslims, and pro... read full description below.

ISBN 9781849665254
Barcode 9781849665254
Published 1 December 2012 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781849665254
ISBN-10 1849665257
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date 1 December 2012
International Publication Date 13 September 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Thomas, Paul
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Violence In Society
Central Government Policies
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 449g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
NBS Text Social Issues, Services & Welfare
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 303.60941
Catalogue Code 244376

Description of this Book

This is a classic monograph focusing on recent British attempts to prevent violent extremism, their problems and limitations, and what lessons this can offer for more effective policy approaches in future. In particular, the book will examine policy approaches to the threat of Islamist extremism and far-right racism, in the context of a post 2001 shift in Britain's attitude and policy approach to multiculturalism, to distinct ethnic and faith identities and to the state's relations with ethnic communities. The book will suggest that the often hostile response of many communities to such policy interventions have been a product of unresolved contradictions and tensions within government over wider policy approaches to multiculturalism and identity. The author will explore the design and results of the 'Preventing Violent Extremism' (PVE) and 'Connecting Communities' policy initiatives of the recent Labour government. Whilst PVE is associated specifically with Labour, Thomas will use this case study to address the broader context of debates around the proper balance between distinct ethnic and shared collective identities, a debate which is unlikely to disappear in the near future. Further value will be supplied in the shape of comparative examples from a number of other European states.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Paul Thomas writes in an accessible and persuasive manner, with arguments expertly and attractively presented. The topic itself is of utmost policy significance. This book fills a gap in a field marked by a lack of serious, research-based treatments. -- Vivien Lowndes, Professor Of Public Policy, University Of Nottingham, UK This book provides a clearly written and confidently argued account of mainly British debates over how to respond to violent extremism. It draws on some new research evidence and makes a valuable contribution to our knowledge and understanding of this topic... with much insight and a wealth of detail informed by a strong critical voice. -- Ian Law, Professor And Director, Cers - Centre For Ethnicity And Racism Studies, School Of Sociology And Social Policy, University Of Leeds, UK The book offers a useful and detailed discussion of the myriad of issues relating to this subject and succeeds in ploughing a focussed furrow through what is a potentially mammoth and controversial subject. Clear signposting and useful chapter summaries makes this a useful reference book. -- Diane Frost, Department Of Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology, University Of Liverpool, UK The book provides an informative and readable account of the development and implementation of the Prevent strategy, that serves a readership interested in state approaches to 'soft-security' well by providing a clear overview of the history of Prevent and engaging extensively with very recent changes under the present Coalition government. ... The book will be a very useful addition to the fields of state-Muslim relations, the governance of ethnic and religious diversity, counter-terrorism and politics of race, ethnicity and religion. -- Therese O'toole, Senior Lecturer In Sociology, University Of Bristol, UK

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Author's Bio

Paul Thomas is Reader in Youth and Education at the School of Education and Professional Development, University of Huddersfield, UK.

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