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Social cohesion and counter-terrorismA policy contradiction?$
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Charles Husband

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428011

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428011.001.0001

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(p.x) (p.1) One Introduction
Social cohesion and counter-terrorism

Husband Charles

Alam Yunis

Policy Press

This book examines the apparent tension between the inherent logics of the two constructions of the Muslim population, as the two related policies of Community Cohesion and counter-terrorism (Prevent) emerge to address them. Both Community Cohesion and counter-terrorism policies have a generic remit that provides for them to address the majority white population, all minority communities, and Muslim communities. Community Cohesion appears to offer an invitation to greater participation in civil society by Muslim communities at the cost of biting the assimilationist bullet, while the counter-terrorism strategies of Prevent unambiguously assert that they must share a common burden of being targeted as legitimate objects of suspicion through the assertion that terrorist activity is being nurtured within their communities. An overview of the chapters included in this book is provided in this chapter.

Keywords:   Muslim population, Community Cohesion, counter-terrorism, Prevent, Muslim communities, terrorist activity

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