This chapter develops an account of how Prevent manages problematic spaces.
Notably, this represents the conflation of community cohesion work and
Prevent. While community cohesion develops separately to Prevent, a
discursive reading of cohesion and Prevent texts show how the two become
conjoined as a way of thinking about, and governing, threatening communal
environments. Prevent also contains a focus on problematic institutions such
as schools and prisons wherein extremism could take hold. Both rely on an
analysis that understands an alienation from ‘Britishness’ and ‘British
values’ to represent a threat which can be managed by intervening into the
spaces in which radicalisation occurs. In order to manage these spaces, a
governmental approach is invoked, wherein through intervening into the
circulation of identities, it is presumed that less threatening identities
can be generated. Yet it also pushes beyond Foucault’s articulation of this
modality of power, seeking not just to regulate flows, but to actively
intervene to promote ‘British’ identifications.