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British Muslim university students’ perceptions of Prevent and its impact on their sense of identity.

Kyriacou, Chris; Reed, Beatrice Szczepek; Said, Fatma Faisal Saad and Davies, Ian. 2017. British Muslim university students’ perceptions of Prevent and its impact on their sense of identity. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 12(2), pp. 97-110. ISSN 1746-1979 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

The Prevent strategy at UK universities is designed to reduce the possibility of university students becoming radicalised and so working against them supporting or directly engaging in terrorist activities. In this study, we were concerned to reflect on our reading of some relevant literature by exploring the views of a sample of British Muslim students regarding Prevent and, in particular, its impact on their sense of personal and national identities as British Muslims. Nine British Muslim undergraduate students completed an online questionnaire. We discuss findings suggesting that there is limited general understanding and negative characterisations of Prevent, with perceptions of this policy being ineffective and inappropriate for higher education contexts. We suggest that more work is needed to develop relevant educational initiatives in the development of a tolerant society and that there is potential in discourse analysis to help reveal further insights into Muslim students’ identities.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1177/1746197916688918

Keywords:

British, identity, Muslim, perceptions, students, university

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

English and Comparative Literature

Dates:

DateEvent
16 December 2016Accepted
23 January 2017Published Online
1 July 2017Published

Item ID:

25741

Date Deposited:

06 Feb 2019 16:40

Last Modified:

06 Feb 2019 16:40

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/25741

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