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Veiled ThreatsRepresenting the Muslim Woman in Public Policy Discourses$
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Naaz Rashid

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447325178

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447325178.001.0001

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Some reflections on Prevent

Some reflections on Prevent

(p.177) Epilogue Some reflections on Prevent
Veiled Threats

Naaz Rashid

Policy Press

By the time this book goes to print, five years will have passed since the original research concluded. This is not perhaps unusual in academia and the temporality of my subject was something I was always conscious of. As I made clear throughout the book, the purpose of the research was to capture the discursive formations of ‘the Muslim woman’ emerging through UK public policy discourse at a particular historical moment. This research was therefore historically and geographically located; it was never conceived of as the definitive analysis of the way the idea of the Muslim woman is constructed in policy discourses in the UK. Rather, the analysis, grounded in postcolonial, intersectional feminist approaches, offered a way to understand and critique the discursive formation of gendered anti-Muslim racist rhetoric during New Labour’s final term in office and in its responses to the 7/7 London bombings through the Preventing Violent Extremism agenda. In fact, as I finalised the draft of my PhD in early 2013 it appeared that Prevent had, despite a review in 2011, fallen off the policy agenda....

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