Gender, governance, and countering violent extremism (CVE) in the UK

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The paper draws upon ideas of decentred security, and governance and security assemblages, to explore the gendered nature of countering violent extremism. The paper focuses on the UK as an example of decentred CVE and concentrates on two areas. First, the paper looks at the evolution of modes of governing Muslim women in CVE initiatives. Second, the paper explores the tensions and frictions involved with the state and civil society using ‘formers’ (men who were previously involved in violent extremism) to engage in countering violent extremism community and de-radicalisation work. The paper finds that a decentred security governance approach to understanding CVE reveals how CVE is productive of MuslimWomen, of Muslim Communities and Violent Extremism. It also reveals CVE to operate not only according to formal documents and programmes but through an assemblage of beliefs, traditions and practices of everyday security.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100371
JournalInternational Journal of Law, Crime and Justice
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019


  • Community
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Gender
  • Islam
  • Violent extremism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Law


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