The Role of Communities in Counterterrorism: Analyzing Policy and Exploring Psychotherapeutic Approaches within Community Settings

Spalek, Basia and Weeks, Douglas (2017) The Role of Communities in Counterterrorism: Analyzing Policy and Exploring Psychotherapeutic Approaches within Community Settings. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 40 (12). pp. 991-1003. ISSN 1521-0731

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Abstract

The role of communities in preventing or responding to terrorism and political violence is increasingly finding prominence within government strategies, nationally and internationally. At the same time, implementation of effective community-based partnerships has been nominal. Adding additional complexity to this problem are policies such as Prevent in Britain, which was arguably developed with good intentions but has received significant and sustained criticism by the very communities it sought to engage with. The result has been ongoing discussions within community practice and research arenas associated with radicalization, extremism, and terrorism, as to the role, if any, that communities might play in the counterterrorism environment. This article explores that environment and highlights some of the community-based perceptions and initiatives that prevail in the United Kingdom. In particular, innovations around the development of psychotherapeutic frameworks of understanding in relation to counterterrorism are discussed, alongside the role of connectors.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router
Uncontrolled Keywords: Political Science and International Relations, Sociology and Political Science, Safety Research, Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
Department: School of Social Sciences
SWORD Depositor: Pub Router
Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 09:58
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2018 09:58
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/1344

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