What does terrorism look like university lecturers interpretations of their Prevent duties and tackling extremism in UK universities

Spiller, Keith and Awan, Imran and Whiting, Andrew (2017) What does terrorism look like university lecturers interpretations of their Prevent duties and tackling extremism in UK universities. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 11 (1). pp. 130-150. ISSN 1753-9153

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Abstract

The UK Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015) (CTSA) calls for a
partnership between the government, individuals, organisations and
communities to prevent the radicalisation of individuals and to prevent
their participation in terrorist and illegal activities. As part of this
strategy, universities have a statutory duty placed upon them to
remain vigilant to signs of extremism. Based upon 20 interviews with
UK university lecturers, the paper examines reactions of the academic
community to this governmental mandate. Key to our understanding
is the deputisation of lecturers into a security regime and how they
perform the duty of identifying and monitoring extremism. Equally,
forms of resistance are evident in how lecturers understand their new
roles and for universities themselves a conservative approach to risk
may be gaining traction.We argue there is confusion around the CTSA
based upon the ambiguous language in which it is presented and the
conservative and defensive reactions that have subsequently produced
concern amongst lecturers and UK universities.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L200 Politics
Divisions: UoA Collections > REF2021 UoA21: Sociology
Depositing User: Andrew Whiting
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2018 07:04
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2018 07:04
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6274

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