Banning them, securing us?

Terrorism, parliament and the ritual of proscription

Authors:
Lee Jarvis
Search for other papers by Lee Jarvis in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
and
Tim Legrand
Search for other papers by Tim Legrand in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close

Banning them, securing us offers a rich and expansive exploration of the politics of proscribing – or banning – terrorist organisations in Britain. The book calls attention to the remarkable, and overlooked, role of proscription debates and decisions in contemporary UK politics. Using primary empirical research, the book shows how parliamentary processes of proscribing ‘illegitimate’ organisations is as much a ritual performance as it is a technique for countering political violence. This ritual, we argue, is a performance of sovereignty and powerful framing of Britain as a liberal, democratic, moderate space. Yet, it represents a paradox too. For proscription’s processes have limited democratic or judicial oversight, and its outcomes pose significant threats to democratic norms, human rights, political dissent and citizenship more broadly.

The book breaks important new ground on the politics of terrorism, counter-terrorism, security and democracy. It will be widely read by researchers and students across Security Studies, International Relations, Political Science, History, Sociology and beyond.

Abstract only
Log-in for full text
  • Collapse
  • Expand
  • Top
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 2039 712 38
Full Text Views 379 185 24
PDF Downloads 643 257 14