What about Hope? A Critical Analysis of Pre-empting Childhood Radicalisation

Dresser, Paul (2019) What about Hope? A Critical Analysis of Pre-empting Childhood Radicalisation. In: Boundary Breaking - Faculty of Education and Society First Annual Staff Research Conference, 4th June, 2019, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

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Studies posits a convergence between radicalisation, vulnerability, and children to construct a new category of abuse — ‘childhood radicalisation’ (Stanley and Guru 2015; Coppock and McGovern, 2014; c.f. Dryden, 2017; Stanley, 2018). Specifically focusing on the UK PREVENT programme, this paper theoretically explores the ways childhood has become interrelated with counter-radicalisation. Whilst PREVENT is not exclusively geared towards children, the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (2015) consolidates PREVENT as a protectionist, safeguarding endeavour; this, essentially, reconfigures the would-be-terrorist through a discourse of victimhood. I submit that children occupy a central position within pre-emptive counter-radicalisation measures which attempt to manage ontologically insecure futures. To theoretically make sense of this epistemic shift, this paper is inspired by Ernst Bloch’s ‘ontology of the not-yet’. I draw upon critical geographies of hope and hopefulness as a viable theoretical tool to explain the ontological conditions which redefine PREVENT as safeguarding. In doing so, this paper traverses subject boundaries encompassing critical geography, political science, and critical terrorism studies (CTS). I present this inter-disciplinary approach as useful in capturing PREVENT in terms of performativity, anticipatory security, and the figuration of the child.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Education > Childhood Studies
Social Sciences > Community and Youth Work
Social Sciences > Criminology
Education > Educational Research
Social Sciences > Health and Social Care
Social Sciences > Sociology
Social Sciences > Working with Young People
Divisions: Faculty of Education and Society
Faculty of Education and Society > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Dresser
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2019 13:00
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2020 08:25
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/10829
ORCID for Paul Dresser: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1041-5133

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