Trust Within Reason: How to Trump the Hermeneutics of Suspicion on Campus

  • Alison Scott-Baumann
Part of the Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series book series ( CAL)


This chapter looks at the Prevent duty in the British university sector, arguing that social trust has been eroded by the process. It infantilises those who are expected to carry out this duty and empowers the state over the individual in ascertaining radicalisation on campus. The Prevent duty in its current shape homogenises the Muslim community and reduces the relationship of trust between the state and its minority population. Muslims in public professions struggle to step outside the frame of radicalisation and Islamic extremism. In an age where slivers of data about individuals and groups are marketable commodities, the disproportionate focus on Islamic extremism works to diminish Muslims and also diminishes the rest of us, who become complicit.


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  • Alison Scott-Baumann
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  1. 1.SOAS University of LondonLondonUK

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