Terrorism in the Classroom: Security, Surveillance and a Public Duty to Act

This book charts contemporary developments in counter-extremism within the UK education sector. Set against the background of the controversial Prevent strategy the book focuses on the expansion of counter‑extremism into education and draws on key legislation such as the Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015) that imposed a statutory counter-extremism duty on public sector workers in the UK. The authors provide a wide-ranging critique that draws on theories of surveillance and power, an international review of counter‑extremism educational initiatives and a series of interviews with UK lecturers. Terrorism in the Classroom highlights the problems that occur when counter-extremism becomes an objective of education and a part of the curriculum, as well as the anxiety that is felt by educators who have been deputised into the role of counter-extremism practitioners. It will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including Criminology, International Relations, Politics and Education.

Book contents:

  1. Introduction

  2. Contesting Terms: Radicalisation and Extremism

  3. The Development of UK Counter-Terrorism Policy and Legislation

  4. Surveillance and the ‘Monitoring’ of Citizens by the State

  5. Governmentality and Managing Security Risks

  6. Education and (Counter-)Terrorism

  7. Investigating the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act in Higher Education

  8. Conclusion