Disconnection and Resistance:Anti-terrorism and Citizenship in the UK

Jarvis, Lee and Lister, Michael (2013) Disconnection and Resistance:Anti-terrorism and Citizenship in the UK. Citizenship Studies, 17 (6-7). pp. 756-769. ISSN 1469-3593

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Abstract

The corroding impacts of anti-terrorism measures on citizenship have been much discussed in recent years. Drawing on qualitative research from the UK, this article argues that citizens do indeed frequently feel that aspects of citizenship – such as rights, duties, identity claims and the ability to participate in the public sphere – have been significantly dampened by developments in this policy area. At the same time, however, participants in our research also articulated a number of strategies through which they or others have sought to resist the logics, exercise and impacts of anti-terrorism powers. These included voicing explicit opposition to particular measures, resisting ‘outsider’ or ‘victim’ subject positions, and a refusal to withdraw from established forms of political engagement. Whilst such resistance should not be overstated, we argue that these strategies emphasise the co-constitutive rather than linear relationship between public policy and citizenship. Anti-terrorism powers do indeed impact upon citizenship claims, for instance in the curtailment of formal rights. Equally, the everyday, lived, experiences and practices of citizenship contribute to, and help shape, the perceptions and understandings of anti-terrorism policy from within the citizenry

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: anti-terrorism,citizenship,resistance,insecurity,discrimination,security
Faculty \ School: University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2014 15:22
Last Modified: 18 May 2019 07:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/48172
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.834129

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