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Concept.png "Counter-extremism"
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Interest ofNikita Malik
Like "counter-terrorism", supposedly a force to counter "extremism". In practice, such efforts deserve closer scrutiny, not least because of the plastic nature of the word "extremism".

"Counter-extremism", judged superficially, is the opposite of that enemy image "extremism". It is a part of the "War on Terror", and the phrase appears to be a more modern alternative to "counter-terrorism", perhaps one that seems less explicitly disproportionate as a response to non-violent opposition.


Full article: CONTEST/Prevent

In 2003 the UK Home Office announced a program entitled "Preventing violent extremism" which was widely criticised for both its mass surveillance and Islamophobic components. It was later shortened to "Prevent".



Google trends data indicates that "counter-extremism" was launched by the commercially-controlled media in 2012.


UK Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan stated that her department would expand the role of "counter-extremism" in schools, and that "We will not tolerate extremism of any kind".[1]


An example

Page nameDescription
Commission for Countering ExtremismA "counter-extremism" group set up after the 2017 Manchester bombing.


3star.png 11 February 2019 Robin  A brief introduction
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