Radicalisation, de-radicalisation and counter-radicalisation in relation to families: Key challenges for research, policy and practice
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractThis article explores linkages between research, policy and practice in relation to the role of families in violent and non-violent radicalisation. The article highlights that there are many similarities between the issues highlighted within the research literature and with those highlighted in policy and practice contexts. Both view families as potentially being risky, as well as potentially being a source of protection and rehabilitation. The article also takes a critical gaze towards families, suggesting that this may detract attention away from the wider socio-political factors that also play a significant role in radicalisation. A focus upon families can also inadvertently lead to the creation and perpetuation of a ‘suspect community’. The article suggests that while families can potentially provide a supportive environment for de-radicalisation and counter-radicalisation, safeguards around human rights, information exchange, and child protection must firmly be in place.
CitationSpalek, B. (2016) 'Radicalisation, de-radicalisation and counter-radicalisation in relation to families: Key challenges for research, policy and practice' Security Journal, 29 (1):39