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Negotiating cohesion, inequality and changeUncomfortable positions in local government$
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Hannah Jones

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310037

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310037.001.0001

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“Is there anything the council did that distracted you from extremism?”

“Is there anything the council did that distracted you from extremism?”

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Negotiating cohesion, inequality and change

Hannah Jones

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the development of the UK’s Preventing Violent Extremism programme and the way it was handled and promoted in one borough. It draws on direct experience of the author as a policy practitioner, as well as on interviews with local authority and police officers, and documentary evidence. It considers the different approaches to working with communities to prevent terrorism that were developed in the cultures of the local authority and the police service, and between national and local government, in this instance. The chapter considers how the individual and organisational reactions to the threat of terrorism, and ideas about how this should be met, relate to organisational perspectives and available powers. Broader suggestions are made about the negotiation of power within institutions of governance, beyond the specific questions about terrorism, counter-terrorism and Islamophobia that arise in this specific case.

Keywords:   counter-terrorism, Preventing Violent Extremism, police, intelligence, local government, Muslim communities, measurement

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