Volume 11: Social Cohesion, Securitization and Counter-terrorism


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  • Unknown author (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 2012)
  • Alam, Yunis; Husband, Charles (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 2012)
  • Mescher, Heidi (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 2012)
    In recognizing that today most organizations in modern societies have been confronted with the necessity of engaging with the processes of an intercultural interaction, this paper focuses on the police and the role police officers play in shaping the interaction between majority and minority ethnic populations in multi-ethnic societies. Empirical data of 727 serving police officers have been analysed emphasising interactions and contact with as well as attitudes towards Muslim members of society. Also police officers experience of their own role in managing policing is examined; and, in taking into account earlier empirical research the relationship between German police officers’ job satisfaction and their attitudes toward Muslim members of the population have been looked at to explore the role of professional identity and workplace cultures in shaping police officers responses to the challenge of policing a multi-ethnic society.
  • Pedziwiatr, Konrad (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 2012)
    On the basis of the research into active social citizenship amongst the new Muslim religious brokers in Brussels and London, this paper explores the transition from the politics of Muslim identity to the politics of Muslim citizenship, a major change in the public mobilisation of Islam in Belgium and Britain. It argues that this move has been closely linked with the development of civic consciousness among certain segments of the Muslim populations in Europe and the construction of a new type of identity – ‘Muslim civicness’ - which is characterised by strong support for the national projects, activism beyond Muslim symbolic boundaries, emphasis on the similar rights to other citizens and obligations vis-à-vis all the citizens regardless of their religious adherence.
  • Moring, Tom (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 2012)
    This chapter focuses on the relation between terrorism and publicity. It takes particular interest in how different societal actors within the political and administrative spheres and within the media itself use media for their specific purposes. The role of journalists is discussed in the light of recent debates on the role of media and media professionals in society, and the changes that occur due to the emergence of new forms of media that are outside of the regulation and responsibility that earlier has – at least to some extent – guided mass media. It arrives at a conclusion that legitimate power elites, illegitimate groups, media and journalists all find benefits in playing out the scare factor that makes terror work, thus sustaining an incestuous spiral built on fear.
  • Titley, Gavan (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 2012)
    This article examines ‘migration debates’ in Europe as mediated political rituals. It argues that the consistent meta-commentary within such debates-never regarded as sufficiently ‘open’ or ‘honest’ – can be taken as a starting point for exploring the simultaneous trace and disavowal of race and racializing discourses in public debate. It examines the disjuncture between the normative expectations of democratic deliberation and decision-making present in migration debates, and the ways in which migration stands for the transformation of the political conditions on which such normative eexpectations depend. Under these conditions, ‘debate’ must be approached as having ritual forms of value, and these forms of value are explored in a case study of a short-lived ‘burka debate’ in Ireland in late 2011.
  • Hancock, Lynn (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 2012)
    This article places recent debates about community cohesion and securitization in a wider context; it situates assumptions about the “threats” posed by particular communities against the backdrop of urban policy and urban social change in the UK. It reveals the way marginalised “communities”, minority ethnic group and white working-class, were imagined in New Labour’s urban regeneration policies and how they are invoked in the more recent Conservative-led coalition’s proposed social and regional policies and their accompanying rhetoric. The discussion also makes an assessment of the likely impact of recent economic and social policies for neighbourhood change, instability and “security”. It is argued that the ways urban communities have been conceptualised reflect, at best, a neglect of the structural determinants of urban social life and at worst a deliberate attempt to downplay such concerns underpinned by a deeply rooted preoccupation with the problem of rather than the problems faced by marginalised communities.
  • Newey, Glen (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 2012)
  • Prologue 
    Husband, Charles (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 2012)
  • Husband, Charles (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 2012)