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Countering Extremism in British Schools?The Truth about the Birmingham Trojan Horse Affair$
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John Holmwood and Therese O'Toole

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447344131

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447344131.001.0001

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Prevent: from hearts and minds to muscular liberalism

Prevent: from hearts and minds to muscular liberalism

(p.45) Two Prevent: from hearts and minds to muscular liberalism
Countering Extremism in British Schools?

John Holmwood

Therese O’Toole

Policy Press

This chapter examines the government's Prevent strategy for addressing extremism and radicalisation. The Prevent strategy that was launched by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) under the New Labour government in 2007 sets out a ‘hearts and minds’ approach to counterterrorism, in which engagement and partnership with British Muslims were seen as key to tackling violent extremism. It sets out four key objectives: ‘promoting shared values, supporting local solutions, building civic capacity and leadership and strengthening the role of faith institutions and leaders’. Accordingly, ‘Preventing Violent Extremism’ (PVE) or ‘Prevent’ initiatives focused on disaffected Muslim young people who were seen as particularly vulnerable to radicalisation, and mobilising Muslim women, whom government considered to be potential moderating forces on young Muslim men, as well as on modulating expressions and practices of Islam in Britain.

Keywords:   Prevent strategy, extremism, radicalisation, DCLG, counterterrorism, British Muslims, Muslim young people, Muslim women, Muslim men, Islam

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