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Chapter 27: The Challenges for British Youth Workers of Government Strategies to ‘Prevent Terrorism’1

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The Challenges for British Youth Workers of Government Strategies to ‘Prevent Terrorism’1
The Challenges for British Youth Workers of Government Strategies to ‘Prevent Terrorism’1
Paul Thomas
Introduction

Terrorism, more specifically Islamist terrorism, has been portrayed as one of the greatest challenges facing Western countries since the start of the 21st century. Initially, this Islamist terrorist threat was understood, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on New York, as something perpetrated by non-Western immigrants. However, it has since been revealed as a domestic threat also, with small but significant numbers of citizens in Western states attempting to carry out Islamist-inspired terrorist acts in their own countries and/or travelling to join foreign conflicts in support of Islamist groups such as ISIS. Alongside this is ...

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