The Politic of Everyday Counterterrorism: online performances and responsibilities of the Prevent Duty in UK Higher Education Institutions

Spiller, Keith and Whiting, Andrew and Imran, Awan and Ben, Campbell (2022) The Politic of Everyday Counterterrorism: online performances and responsibilities of the Prevent Duty in UK Higher Education Institutions. Sociology. ISSN 0038-0385 (In Press)

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Abstract

The Prevent Duty mandates that public authorities must work to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. In this paper we review how 158 UK HEIs (Higher Education Institutions) have responded to this new duty by examining their public facing webpages and Prevent policy documentation. In doing this we draw upon de Certeau’s notions of the everyday to highlight how such initiatives are presented publicly to viewing audiences, and how messages seep into and deepen security measures within UK Higher Education. In reviewing the performative element of Prevent, specifically how information is displayed, we find that the majority of UK HEIs have approached their new roles through the prism of ‘compliance’ and/or ‘safeguarding’. The paper argues presentations of safeguarding, reassurance and reluctance offer a telling insight into how the Duty has been adopted in HEIs everyday practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: accepted for publication
Dates:
DateEvent
7 September 2022Accepted
Uncontrolled Keywords: Counter-Terrorism, de Certeau, everyday, Higher Education, Prevent Duty, websites
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-02 - sociology
CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-03 - social policy
CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-03 - politics > CAH15-03-01 - politics
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Andrew Whiting
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2022 12:58
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2022 12:58
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13539

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