Performing PREVENT: Anti-extremist Theatre-in-Education in the Service of UK Counter-Terrorism, a Freirean Analysis
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThis article reveals a new trend in UK counter-terrorism: the emergence of anti-extremist Theatre-in-Education (TIE) to deliver counter-terrorism projects in schools and colleges. Using Paulo Freire’s vision of critical and dialogic pedagogy, I offer an analysis of anti-extremist TIE against a backdrop of PREVENT, the UK counter-terrorism strategy. The September 11 attack, the London Transport bombings and the more recent attacks in Europe and the UK have contributed to a strengthening of counter-terrorism measures in all spheres of public life. In 2015, the UK government introduced a statutory duty for education providers to prevent young people from being drawn into terrorism. This is known as the PREVENT Duty. The implementation of the duty has not been without controversy, with commentators noting a disproportionate focus on Islamist forms of terrorism. My study has shown that the guiding principle of TIE to enact social change is threatened in this climate, whilst maintaining the possibility of engaging young people in meaningful dialogue about terrorism and violent extremism.
CitationPiasecka, S. (2019). Performing PREVENT: Anti-extremist theatre-in-education in the service of UK counter-terrorism, a freirean analysis. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 12(4).
PublisherTaylor and Francis
JournalCritical Studies on Terrorism
DescriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Studies on Terrorism on 24-5-19, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/17539153.2019.1615660
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