Britain’s Prevent Strategy: Always Changing, Always the Same?

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This chapter analyses Prevent’s development since its introduction in 2006, alongside discussion of its controversies. It considers both Prevent’s changing content and priorities over its distinct phases and its significant controversies that have endured despite such changes. Critics argue that Prevent disproportionately targets British Muslims as a ‘suspect community’, as well as securitising society and undermining community cohesion. These critiques have persisted despite the very significant shift of focus from community-based engagement work in the ‘Prevent 1’ phase to the ‘Prevent 2’ phase and Prevent duty concern with identifying individual vulnerability to radicalisation. Here, the chapter considers how we can understand both Prevent’s changes and the controversies around the 2015 introduction of the ‘Prevent duty’, alongside their implications for front-line educational practitioners and institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Prevent Duty in Education
Subtitle of host publicationImpact, Enactment and Implications
EditorsJoel Busher, Lee Jerome
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan, Cham
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783030455590
ISBN (Print)9783030455583
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2020


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