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Anti-Terrorism, Citizenship and Security in the UK

Grant reference: RES-000-22-3765

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Disconnected citizenship? : the impacts of anti-terrorism policy on citizenship in the UK
In this article, we draw on primary focus group data from the UK to offer three contributions to recent debates on the impact of anti-terrorism measures on citizenship. Firstly, it presents a qualitatively rich account of citizens’ own perspectives on this relationship. Secondly, it explores the significance of ethnic identity in public attitudes. Finally it traces the implications of anti-terrorism initiatives upon multiple dimensions of citizenship including participation, identity and duties, as much as rights. The article argues that citizens from a range of ethnic minority backgrounds and thus, not only Muslims, believe anti-terrorism measures have directly curtailed and diminished their citizenship. This is in contrast to white participants, who, whilst not untroubled about the impact of these measures, generally viewed this as a concern distanced from their everyday lives. This difference suggests that anti-terrorism measures may be contributing to a condition of disconnected citizenship in the UK.

Primary contributor

Co-author Lee Jarvis

Additional contributors

Co-author Michael Lister

Additional details

01 January 2013
Political studies