From theorizing radicalization to surveillance practices : Muslims in the cross hairs of scrutiny
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There are several psychological analyses of the processes of radicalisation resulting in terrorism. However, we know little about how those in authority (e.g., the police) conceptualise the psychological dynamics to radicalisation. Accordingly, we present a detailed account of an official UK counter-terrorism intervention, the Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent, designed to enlist front-line professionals in identifying and referring those at risk of radicalisation. Specifically, we report data gathered during an observation of this intervention delivered by the police in Scotland. This provides insight into the psychological model of radicalisation being disseminated in the UK and we evaluate the merits of this model in the light of current psychological theory. First, we consider how this model may overlook certain social dynamics relevant to understanding radicalisation. Second, we discuss how this neglect limits consideration of how the surveillance warranted by the official model may lead Muslims to disengage from majority group members. Our analysis points to how political psychology’s analysis of social identities and citizenship can inform public policy and practice.
Blackwood , L , Hopkins , N & Reicher , S 2016 , ' From theorizing radicalization to surveillance practices : Muslims in the cross hairs of scrutiny ' Political Psychology , vol 37 , no. 5 , pp. 597-612 . DOI: 10.1111/pops.12284
© 2015 International Society of Political Psychology. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Blackwood, L., Hopkins, N. and Reicher, S. (2015), From Theorizing Radicalization to Surveillance Practices: Muslims in the Cross Hairs of Scrutiny. Political Psychology, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pops.12284. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
This research was funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the Scottish Institute of Policing Research.
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