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NCJ Number: 228636 Find in a Library
Title: From the 'Old' to the 'New' Suspect Community: Examining the Impacts of Recent UK Counter-Terrorist Legislation
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:49  Issue:5  Dated:Septembe 2009  Pages:646-666
Author(s): Christina Pantazis; Simon Pemberton
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 21
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article examines the United Kingdom’s response to the perceived new terrorist threat or ‘suspect community', the Muslim community, and the consequences of these developments for the communities served.
Abstract: Hillyard’s (1993) notion of the ‘suspect community’ is redeveloped in the United Kingdom where Muslims have now been designated as the new enemy within, justifying the introduction of counterterrorist legislation. In this article, the shift to Muslims as the new suspect community/new terrorist threat is examined, exploring the consequences of these developments for the communities concerned. However, it is concluded that the categorization of Muslims as suspect may be serving to undermine national security rather than enhance it with Muslim communities continuing to endure the spectra of state suspicion. When the Irish were constructed as a suspect community in the United Kingdom, it served to radicalize and alienate, and ultimately prolong the Irish conflict. Tables, references, and appendix
Main Term(s): Terrorism/Mass Violence
Index Term(s): Counter-terrorism intelligence; Foreign police; Legislation; National security; Religion; Security; Threat assessment; United Kingdom (UK)
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