In order for communities to be strong enough to tackle extremism, the idea of community cohesion needs to extend beyond the current narrow boundaries The labelling of youth as ‘risky’ typically creates conflict between young people and authorities (particularly the police) and generates intergenerational tension as the young person kicks out against the label. The […]
A Greater Manchester approach to tackling radicalisation
As part of a series of blogs, articles and interviews, examining issues of citizenship and community, Dr Ajmal Hussain, Research Fellow in Sociology at The University of Manchester uses his work with young Muslims to reflect on the challenges facing Greater Manchester in addressing radicalisation. The new Mayor, Andy Burnham, has a timely opportunity to […]
The Prevent duty: can teachers be judges?
Prevent is one of the four Ps that make up the government’s post 9/11 counter-terrorism strategy: Prepare for attacks, Protect the public, Pursue the attackers and Prevent their radicalisation in the first place. Bob Hindle looks at how the Prevent duty is applied in schools and colleges and highlights areas of necessary reform. Teacher decision-making […]
Why we need to know what ‘extremism’ is, or isn’t, before we legislate against it
Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a new ‘Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill’ as part of his ‘legacy programme’ of legislation. But, says Hilary Pilkington, if it can’t distinguish between legitimate grievance and dangerous extremism, we risk adding some very serious fuel to the fire. Fresh from victory in the General Election, on May 13 2015, […]