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Past the Race-neutrality of Forestall: White Britain and the Racialised Risk


Literature detailing the inadequacies and controversies of the Forestall technique is in depth. Vital accounts of Forestall have accused it of failing in its function to stop extremism (Skoczylis & Andrews, 2020); argued that it constructs Muslim communities as ‘suspect’ (Hickman et al, 2011) and contended that it neglects the risk posed by the far-Proper (Kundnani, 2012). Acknowledging the latter criticism, the 2011 revision of the Forestall technique discredited the preliminary unique concentrate on Muslim communities and explicitly dedicated to addressing ring-wing extremism and radicalisation. Extending the scope of Forestall to handle the specter of the far-Proper was depicted as strengthening counter-terrorism efforts that may even scale back the “perceived discrimination” of the technique (HM Authorities, 2011, p3). However this rhetorical conflation between ring-wing extremism and ‘Islamic’ extremism is insufficient as a result of it maintains a ‘veneer of color blindness’ (Younis, 2020) that fails to interact within the (publish)colonial context by which racialised Muslim populations are construed as suspect within the first place. Due to this fact, given these inadequacies, what function does the Forestall technique serve?

This essay understands Forestall as not about counter-terrorism, however as half of a bigger challenge of racial (b)ordering that casts racialised populations as a ‘risk’ to white Britain (El-Enany, 2020). Certainly, silencing the racist logics of Forestall reinforces this challenge, as a result of it obscures and perpetuates the marginalisation of racialised Muslims, and (re)produces the white nation’s sovereignty and energy (see: Richter-Montpetit, 2014). Thus, sustaining Forestall’s ‘veneer of colourblindness’ (Younis, 2020) is important for white Britain, as a result of it restores its (fragile) energy and (threatened) racial challenge.

But, processes of racialisation and race are conspicuously absent from vital accounts of Forestall (for instance: Boukalas, 2019; Skoczylis and Andrews, 2020; Heath-Kelly, 2017). Due to this fact, the primary contribution of this essay is to display how constructions of Britishness and the racialisation of Muslims is clear all through all iterations of Forestall from its preliminary group cohesion method to the Forestall Responsibility launched by way of the Counter-Terrorism and Safety Act (2015).

This isn’t to counsel that Forestall doesn’t implicate all sections and communities in society (Boukalas, 2019), as a result of because the 2015 imposition of a statutory obligation on public sector establishments to take part in Forestall has proven, the technique issues society as a complete. However, e(race)ing (Moore, 2012) the centrality of the racialisation of Muslims in what makes the Forestall technique doable fails to interact within the racialised (publish)colonial historical past of safety practices. Occluding this from discussions of Forestall leads to a whitewashing of how safety practices function (Howell and Richter-Montpetit, 2019) and assigns racism to a consequence of Forestall, moderately than constitutive of it. Thus, the primary contribution the essay makes is to point out that processes of racialisation and the development of a white Britain can’t be faraway from the logics of Forestall, as a result of it’s key to its situation of chance.

This essay includes of three sections. The primary part examines the preliminary conceptualisation of Forestall and its subsequent technique revisions from 2011-2015. The part highlights the conceptual significance of “Britishness” and “British values”, which is critical in gentle of British colonial historical past. The second part turns to a Foucauldian studying of Forestall, analyzing how Muslimified populations are ruled by the programme. The part concludes by arguing a Foucauldian studying of Forestall can fail to account for race and coloniality within the building of safety practices. Following from this, the third part appears on the formation of a white Britain by way of immigration legal guidelines and citizenship deprivation, and the way racialised populations come to characterize threats to the nation. This allows Forestall to be located inside a bigger racial challenge of (b)ordering that is dependent upon the silencing of its racist logics.

Race written into Forestall

Britain’s counter-terrorism (CONTEST) technique includes of 4 coverage strands – Pursue, Forestall, Defend and Put together. The Forestall strand, which would be the topic of this essay, focuses on countering radical ideology cultivated by “violent extremists” and their alleged “apologists” by way of a ‘hearts and minds’ programme (HM Authorities, 2011). Forestall has undergone quite a few revisions following a change in authorities in 2010 and variations in coverage particulars. However there may be one fixed: race is written into Forestall, even whether it is in palatable race-neutral phrases. Studying by way of the totally different iterations of Forestall from 2003 to 2015 permits us to see how basically racialised Forestall is.

First Growth

Launched in response to the “rising terrorist risk” following the 9/11 assaults, CONTEST was initially developed in 2003, though, admittedly, an underdeveloped and “slender doc” (Dwelling Affairs Committee, 2009, p5). The disaster of the 7/7 bombings in 2005, nonetheless, prompted the federal government to rethink the doc to stop a home terror risk. Forestall promised to comprise this danger by way of a group cohesion method, that unapologetically targeted on a homogenised Muslim group (Thomas, 2015).

Though the group cohesion method was mentioned to be selling integration and shared values, this meant explicitly defining Muslim communities outdoors of ‘Britishness’ within the first place. Certainly, that is seen in then-Prime Minister Tony Blair’s (2005) speech regarding the 7/7 bombings the place there is a vital separation between “us”, who “wish to save and enhance human life”, and “them”, who “are intent on destroying human life”. The discursive distinction between us and them, regardless of three of the 4 perpetrators of the bombings being British-born, serves to distance Britain and Britishness away from the causes of the assault, and place it firmly within the arms of the ‘Different’ Muslims.

The unique concentrate on Muslim communities within the technique produced various, predictable, however disastrous penalties. For example, Thomas (2015) highlights that the monetary funding in Muslim communities, because of the Forestall funding scheme that was achieved in direct proportion to the variety of Muslims in an area authority space (Qurashi, 2018, p4), created resentment amongst non-Muslim communities. Non-Muslim communities perceived Muslim communities as benefiting from ‘alternatives’ supplied by Forestall funding that was being denied to them. Right here, the mutually reinforcing relationship between the group cohesion method and the ‘Othering’ of Muslimified communities is clear. The group cohesion can thus be seen as (re)affirming the ‘separateness’ of Muslimified communities from white Britishness that had been expressed in riots in Bradford, Burnley and Oldham in 2001 (Thomas, 2015).

2011 Revision

Responding to the criticism of the earlier group cohesion technique, the Coalition authorities launched the 2011 Forestall assessment, which sought to handle all types of “extremist ideology” (HM Authorities, 2011, p1). This dedication to handle the specter of the far-right, nonetheless, has been described as “basically hole” as a result of it’s characterised by pre-existing hierarchal beliefs round ‘Islamic’ extremism (Bentley, 2015, p120). Certainly, the technique’s dedication to take care of the risk posed by the far-right is undermined by the evaluations’ persistent declare that the best risk to Britain is from ‘Islamic’ extremism (HM Authorities, 2011).

To fight towards this risk, Prime Minister David Cameron outlined the brand new technique of Forestall that emphasised a “muscular” promotion of a value-based method. The worth-based method established ‘Elementary British Values’ (FBVs), which had been offered as: ‘democracy’, ‘the rule of legislation’, ‘particular person liberty’ and ‘the mutual respect and tolerance of various faiths and beliefs’ (HM Authorities, 2011). On condition that Britain is based on colonialism, enslavement and racism, these values being superior as basically British is questionable (El-Enany, 2020). Nonetheless, as mentioned by Crawford (2017), these values are racially coded and confer with (white) British cultural norms solely, as evidenced by Cameron’s (2014) assertion that FBV’s are as “British because the Union flag, as soccer, as fish and chips”. This discourse enforces a notion of ‘Britishness’ that’s distinctively white and liberal, while designating non-white British norms, life and identities as non-liberal and belonging outdoors of Britishness. To be thought-about as belonging to the nation, racialised populations should always ‘carry out loyalty’ by confirming their dedication and investing on this flimsy conceptualisation of ‘Britishness’ (Bhattacharyya et al. 2021, p49). 

2013 Killing of Lee Rigby

The demarcation between Muslimified populations and areas turned additional entrenched within the Forestall technique following the killing of soldier Lee Rigby in 2013, which provoked the Coalition authorities to re-assess the programme (Thomas, 2015). Saying the meeting of a process power on extremism and radicalisation, David Cameron (2013) asserted that the purpose was to “drain the swamp which [extremists] inhabit … which means trying on the means of radicalisation on our campuses, it means Islamic centres which were taken over by extremists and gone improper, it means these mosques, that are struggling to throw out the extremists and to assist them within the work they’re doing”. Thus, Forestall shouldn’t be contained within the current house, however spills into the long run by in search of to defeat the risk by working within the pre-criminal house.

Though Cameron explicitly names ‘Islamic centres’ because the milieu by which radical concepts are accepted and the place the ‘conveyor belt’ to radicalisation cultivates, the query of who is taken into account to stay in these ‘swamps’ might be moreover answered by trying on the case of Andres Breivik in Norway. Reasonably than participating in an evaluation of the context by which the Islamophobia and white supremacy politics expressed by Breivik is espoused by on a regular basis by Norwegians and different Europeans, the trial and media protection targeted virtually completely on his (in)sanity; refusing to compel an evaluation of his racist politics past an individualised and psychologised body (Patel, 2014). In distinction, the racialised and psychologised Muslimified ‘terrorist’ stands in for the ideology of Islam as a complete, who must be drained from Western nation-states (ibid). Thus, the white terrorist isn’t mentioned to stay in a swamp, however an remoted habitat, unlisted for drainage. Moreover, the swamp is devoid of any social, historic and political context, and comprising of the racialised Different who threatens the white social order.

2015 Counter-Terrorism and Safety Act

Following the meeting of the duty power, arguably essentially the most important growth of Forestall got here within the type of the Counter-Terrorism and Safety Act (HM Authorities, 2015). The Act imposed a statutory obligation for authorities, comparable to healthcare and training establishments, to take part in Forestall and forestall folks from being drawn into terrorism. In instructional settings, this additionally includes actively selling FBVs, by “difficult opinions or behaviours in colleges which might be opposite to [FBVs]” (Division of Schooling 2014).

Though this method registers everybody who comes into contact with public sector establishments as a risk, Younis and Jadhav (2019) present that Forestall continues to be racially marked. Their analysis confirmed that Muslim NHS workers had been deeply frightened of expressing any criticism of Forestall, as a result of they felt already seemed ‘by way of a lens of suspicion’ and feared they’d be branded as ‘terrorist sympathisers’ (ibid, p412). Equally, the securitisation and criminalisation of Muslim college students in training settings has discouraged them from discussing, exploring, and researching Islam in case of Forestall referrals (Visitor et al. 2020). This concern shouldn’t be unfounded, as Muslim college students have been interrogated and referred to Forestall for studying a textbook regarding terrorism for his or her research (Ramesh and Halliday, 2015) and sporting Professional-Palestine badges and wristbands (The Impartial, 2016), amongst different causes. Moreover, claims of the technique’s neutrality and non-discrimination might be dismissed simply by trying on the statistics of Forestall’s referrals, the place in 2017-18, Muslims had been two and a half occasions extra prone to be reported than far-right activists (Visitor et al. 2020, p41). That is pertinent as a result of, based on the 2011 census, Muslims comprise solely 4.8% of the inhabitants of England and Wales (Qurashi, 2018).

This temporary historical past of Forestall outlines its reactionary beginnings and subsequent refinement to change into a extremely prioritised counter-terrorism technique. As proven, Forestall shouldn’t be a impartial, goal protector, however a legislation that the liberal nation state utilises as a weapon towards Muslimified populations (see Ahmad, 2004). Moreover, claims of Forestall’s race neutrality might be clearly rejected by tracing the way it has operated and particularly focused this inhabitants. The next part explores a Foucauldian studying of Forestall that appears at how Muslimified populations have been ruled by Forestall.

Governing by way of Forestall

Because the earlier part has proven, terrorism shouldn’t be an occasion, however a presence permeating the on a regular basis (Cuomo, 1996). Forestall was launched, and subsequently expanded, to manage contingency and safe life towards this omnipresent risk present inside the social physique. The racialised risk inside the social physique is imagined to be preventable by way of pre-emptive policing and surveillance. Thus, Forestall might be seen as an try to “set up a kind of homeostasis […] by attaining an general equilibrium that protects the safety of the entire from inside risks” (Foucault, 2003, p249).

This part proceeds with a Foucauldian studying of Forestall, discussing how Forestall operates by way of topics, together with Muslimified populations, to create a state of governance. As a result of, as Foucault argues, energy is exercised by way of topics, not over them (Foucault, 1982). Following the work of Howell and Richter-Montpetit (2019), the part concludes with a dialogue of the restrictions of a Foucauldian studying of Forestall, as a result of it treats racism because of Forestall, moderately than constitutive of it.

Surveying Muslimified Populations

As conveyed inside the earlier part, Muslimified topics are the goal of Forestall’s counter-terrorism efforts, regardless of claims from the federal government that it targets all threats of terrorism and extremism. As such, Forestall has been understood as ‘embedding infrastructures of surveillance in Muslimified communities’ to foretell and pre-empt radicalisation and extremism (Qurashi, 2018). Certainly, intelligence gathering is on the coronary heart of Forestall follow, as confirmed by then-Dwelling Secretary Amber Rudd in a press release following the Manchester bombings: “we get intelligence rather more from the Forestall technique, which engages with area people teams, not by way of the police” (The Guardian, 2017). Surveying and gathering info are the very types of liberal governmentality, in search of to handle and govern populations at a distance (Ceyhan, 2012). Thus, Forestall might be positioned as a liberal challenge, beneath the guise of counter-terrorism, that goals to comprise and govern Muslimified populations by way of pre-emptive policing and criminalisation.

Exercised by way of Muslimified Populations

Foucault’s conceptualisation of biopolitics requires an evaluation of the connection between Muslim communities and the state past one that’s purely unfavorable, as a result of: “what makes energy maintain good, what makes it accepted, is just the truth that it doesn’t solely weigh on us as a power that claims no, however it traverses and produces issues, it induces pleasure, types of data, produces discourse” (Foucault, 1980, p118-119). For example, Ali (2015) argues the creation of the ‘Muslim group’ so typically referred to in counter-terrorism discourse was reliant on an asymmetrical relationship between state and Muslim topics. Partaking with outstanding Muslim figures and teams, such because the Muslim Council of Britain (MBC), enabled the federal government to map and govern the created ‘Muslim group’ from a distance for counter-terrorism functions. Extracting details about Muslim communities by way of these organisations moreover fostered the ‘conduct of conduct’ of Muslims; producing a binary between the ‘good’ and the ‘dangerous’ Muslim.

The ‘good’ Muslim topic, such because the mom, is invited to train the agenda of Forestall. The Forestall Tragedies marketing campaign, working from 2015-2017, invited Muslimified girls to ‘struggle towards extremism and terrorism’ by reporting their youngsters to Forestall (Andrews, 2020). The narrative of the marketing campaign constructs a selected femininity, the nurturing however naïve mom, who’s outlined in relation to others, to advertise the message of counter-terrorism (ibid). This caricature of the Muslimified girl who’s marked by their passivity, naivety and feelings shouldn’t be a brand new phenomenon in counter-terrorism discourse. As Khalili (2011) exhibits, girls are essentialised as much less corrupt and fewer war-like and are due to this fact an essential terrain upon whom counterinsurgency experiments and messages might be carried out.  Certainly, the Muslimified girl exists alongside the determine of the Muslimified man, who’s constituted as a risk to the nation, in addition to a risk to the Muslimified girl (ibid).

The invitation of the Muslimified girl to guard the nation towards the approaching risk of terrorism may also be seen within the controversial appointment of Sara Khan because the lead for the Fee for Countering Extremism. Opposition to Khan’s appointment was involved along with her earlier partnership with the Dwelling Workplace and her “sturdy advocat[ion]” of Forestall, thus resulting in a notion of her as “a creation of and mouthpiece for the Dwelling Workplace” and sustaining the state’s disciplinary equipment (Grierson, 2018). But, to be unwelcoming of the appointment was to be un-feminist, as a result of the management of a younger Muslim girl needs to be ‘celebrated’, as a result of there “aren’t sufficient girls in management” (ibid). This mobilisation of ‘girls’s rights’ to include Muslimified girls into the disciplinary equipment of the state represents what Farris (2017) phrases the ‘neoliberal institutionalisation of femonationalism’. By this, Farris highlights that sure topics, on this case Muslimified girls, are invited into the nation to advance anti-Islam agendas and insurance policies, comparable to Forestall, within the identify of advancing girls’s rights. Emphasising this facet of neoliberal governance is essential as a result of it stresses that not all topics are ruled the identical. 

Devices of the State

Because the earlier part mentioned, the Counter-Terrorism Safety Act (2015) imposed a statutory obligation onto public part establishments and professionals to take part in Forestall, making them ‘devices of the state’ (Crawford, 2017). Academics, for instance, change into important in selling the ideological equipment of the state, shaping topics and regulating dissent by figuring out and reporting those that oppose or differ ideologies that threaten the neoliberal consensus (Skoczylis & Andrews, 2020). Critics of the statutory obligation, such because the Nationwide Union of Academics and the Royal School of Psychiatrists, have expressed concern about Forestall’s intrusion into the personal sphere, arguing that it’s profoundly intolerant (Heath-Kelly, 2016). However, as outlined by Skoczylis and Andrews (2020, p358), Forestall is “profoundly neoliberal in that it promotes the neoliberal establishment and neoliberal ideology, and that it’s designed to handle the unfavorable results of neoliberal insurance policies on society”. Thus, Forestall might be understood as a thread inside the neoliberal ideological quilt, shaping and governing topics. Importantly absent from Skoczylis and Andrew’s evaluation, nonetheless, is an engagement with race and the way Muslimified populations are understood as ‘dangerous’ within the neoliberal order, exemplifying what Bhambra (2017a) calls ‘methodological whiteness’. That is to say that Skocyzlis and Andrew’s evaluation:

fails to acknowledge the function performed by race within the very structuring of that world, and of the methods by which data is constructed and legitimated inside it. It fails to recognise the dominance of ‘whiteness’ as something aside from the usual state of affairs and treats a restricted perspective – that deriving from white expertise – as a common perspective (Bhambra, 2017b).  

Solely by acknowledging the function of race in producing the circumstances that make applied sciences comparable to Forestall doable can the breadth of its operations be understood.


The erasure (Moore, 2012) of the centrality of the racialisation of Muslims within the operation of Forestall might be recognized in literature putting Forestall inside a Foucauldian framework. For instance, Heath-Kelly (2017) highlights the articulation of Forestall as safeguarding inside the Counter-Terrorism and Safety Act (2015) emphasises its biopolitical heritage as a construction productive and governing of inhabitants. She argues that inside the imagined pre-criminal house, “every life is interpreted as uniquely harmful” and thus warrant surveillance, though this fails to interact with how, particularly, Muslimified populations are focused by Forestall (Howell and Richter-Montpetit, 2019). Moreover, profoundly untheorised in Heath-Kelly’s (2017) article, and far of the literature on Forestall, is the constitutive function of racial politics within the family tree of safety practices and biopower (ibid). Certainly, there’s a disciplinary tendency of Foucauldian Safety Research (FSS) to whitewash the raciality and coloniality of recent energy and violence (ibid). Solely by way of participating with Britain as a white, imperial nation (El-Enany, 2020) can students seize the importance of Forestall, and perceive that racism is constitutive of Forestall, moderately than a consequence. Due to this fact, the following part situates the racialisation of Muslims inside a white Britain, that has been constructed by way of immigration legal guidelines and citizenship deprivation. The part explores constructed racialised figures who’ve represented threats to white Britain. This conceptualisation allows Forestall to be positioned inside a wider racial challenge of (b)ordering that locations racialised populations outdoors of Britishness and a risk to the white nation.  This highlights that racism is essential to Forestall’s situation of chance.

White Britain threated by the racialised Different

Developing a White Britain

The structure of a white Britain might be recognized within the manufacturing of a British subjecthood by way of immigration legislation and controls. This isn’t to counsel that earlier than these legal guidelines {that a} white Britain didn’t exist, nor that the nation was welcoming to racialised populations, however moderately this to spotlight the function of legislation in producing the current the place racialised populations are outlined as outdoors of Britishness.

The manufacturing of citizenship for the UK and its colonies by way of the British Nationality Act (1948) might be positioned inside the family tree of the manufacturing of a white Britain. Though the truth that the nationality web was forged huge might be seen as a welcoming of racialised colony and Commonwealth residents into the nation, the thought they’d journey to and stay in Britain was an unintended consequence of the Act, which the federal government sought to quell in subsequent legal guidelines (El-Enany, 2020, p14). The passing of the Immigration Act (1971) promised to regulate the migration of racialised topics by imposing the fitting of abode and due to this fact proper of entry and keep into Britain to solely patrials, these born in Britain or with a dad or mum born in Britain. This legislation made Britishness commensurate to whiteness, as a result of in 1971, an individual born in Britain or with a dad or mum born in Britain was almost certainly (98%) to be white (ibid, p4). The British Nationality Act (1981) furthered this racial exclusion by defining citizenship solely in nationwide phrases, tying citizenship to the fitting of entry and abode. Racialised colony and Commonwealth residents thus had no entitlement to Britishness as an identification nor to entry Britain as a spot (El-Enany, 2020, p130). Moreover, by way of these legal guidelines, white Britain turned geographically distinct from the stays of its racialised colonies and Commonwealth, giving solely the white British topic the fitting to entry its colonial wealth (ibid). Exclusionary and expulsive immigration legal guidelines, due to this fact, have produced a British identification centred on whiteness, and consequently categorised racialised folks outdoors of Britishness.

The (re)building of a white Britain can moreover be seen in examples of citizenship deprivation, as seen within the case of Shamima Begum in 2019. Earlier than continuing, I want to spotlight that it’s not my intention to create a fallacious binary between that of the ‘good’ and the ‘dangerous’ citizenship deprival, as a result of the coverage itself is racialised (El-Enany, 2020). However Begum’s case, specifically, is pertinent as a result of she is illegally stateless as results of her citizenship deprivation, and there was no discernible proof she constitutes a risk to nationwide safety (Chahal, 2019). As there are not any recorded examples of white far-right extremists being disadvantaged of their citizenship within the identify of nationwide safety, Begum’s citizenship deprivation might be seen as rhetorical (Parsons, 2014). Begum’s case conveys the conditionality of British citizenship for racialised populations, while affirming that Britishness is just inherent to white British populations.

Developing Racialised Muslim Distinction

The conditionality of belonging to the white nation is identifiable within the manufacturing of racialised ‘folks devils’, comparable to that of the ‘migrant’. The spectacle of the racialised migrant who steals jobs, ‘scrounges’ on welfare advantages, lies about their age and refugee standing induces panic as a result of it tells white Britons their nation shouldn’t be their very own (Bhattacharyya et al. 2021). Certainly, in a time of neoliberal restructuring, the decline of the welfare state and the erosion of the ‘wages of whiteness’, the development of the racialised migrant is central to reconstitution of racial hegemony in a time of disaster (Danewid, 2021). Overcoming the disaster means policing those that are framed to have created and exacerbated it: particularly, the racialised migrant. Thus, the growth of borders or the deprivation of citizenship serves to ease white anxieties concerning the racialised Different who threatens the white British nation.

Conceptualising the racialised determine of the Muslim means trying past the organic essentialism of racism and focusing as an alternative on processes of racialisation that render populations as racial topics. Sure phenotypes, cultural and non secular attributes which might be coded as not British mix to supply the assemble of what Ahmad (2004) refers to because the ‘Muslim-looking individual’. Rooted in the identical logic as Ahmad, this essay has employed the idea of ‘Muslimified populations’ to confer with the racialised assemble. 

The determine of the Muslim has taken many various representations inside Britain which is past the breadth of this essay. As an alternative, I’ll concentrate on two particular figures inside present public discourse, that of the ‘harmful brown man’ who sexually abuses white girls, and the ‘breeder’ who drains on financial sources in occasions of austerity.

The spectre of the Muslimified ‘grooming gangs’ who ‘ran’ cities comparable to Rochdale and Rotherham permeated the British public’s creativeness all through the previous decade. The framing of the ‘harmful brown males’ as having a selected disdain for white girls as a result of they had been white not solely breathed new life into colonial tropes encompass the sexual extra of Muslimified males but additionally bolstered far-right arguments concerning the nation (Bhattacharyya et al. 2021). The vulnerability of the younger white girls got here to characterize that of the weak British nation, who had been besieged by multiculturalism and ‘political correctness’ (ibid, p117-118). This was additional consolidated by way of the citizenship deprivation of three males who had been convicted alongside six others in Rochdale, as their contempt for white girls and Britain constituted a safety risk (BBC, 2018).

Of their article exploring Islamophobia skilled by British Muslims, Ali and Whitham (2021) spotlight the gendered dimensions skilled by Muslim girls. The focusing on of Muslim moms as ‘having a load of youngsters … simply to kill the advantages system and housing” attracts upon colonial tropes round ‘breeding’ and competitors for survival in a society with restricted sources (ibid, p206). The conditionality and punitiveness in the advantages system are consequently framed as defending the nation from the ‘breeder’ and ‘scrounger’ who drains the scarce financial sources in occasions of austerity (Bhattacharyya et al. 2021).

These figures don’t exist as a particular phenomenon. Reasonably, the assemble of the racialised migrant, the ‘harmful brown man’, the ‘breeder’ and the Muslimified terrorist each implicate and refer to 1 one other. The manufacturing of those racialised figures who threaten white Britain creates ethical panic that justifies the policing of racialised Others, whether or not that be by way of the violence of the growth of borders, the conditionality of the welfare state, or the on a regular basis surveillance of Muslimified populations by way of Forestall.

What’s at stake if white Britain was not in a position to carry out these acts of violence towards racialised populations? As Richter-Montpetit’s (2014, p55) article outlines, these acts of violence are important to white Britain as a result of not solely does this represent a show of its authority, however it’s the place the nation produces sovereignty and subjection. Moreover, silencing the racist logics underpinning these types of state violence is essential as a result of it legitimises their existence. In different phrases, white Britain depends on a ‘veneer of colourblindness’ (Younis, 2020) as a result of if its racist logics had been to be perceived, its authority and sovereignty is threatened. The constraints of white Britain’s energy are obvious right here, as a result of it’s “on account of the vulnerability, permeability, contestability and therefore precarity of energy” that these violences are used within the first place (ibid, p57). In conclusion, the thought Forestall is race-neutral, or that racism is a consequence of Forestall is tough to maintain towards the backdrop of a white Britain that casts racialised populations as a risk. Additional, unseeing the racist logics constituting Forestall legitimises the existence of the programme, and (re)produces the white Britain propagating it.


Including to scholarship vital of the Forestall strand of the CONTEST technique, this essay has explored the racialisation of Muslimified populations inherent to the programme. Arguing that this has been obscured and unseen by state actors and non-state actors, in addition to by a few of Forestall’s critics. This essay means that solely by way of acknowledging the logics underpinning Forestall can the programme be appropriately interrogated.

This essay additional argues that the racialised determine of the Muslimified terrorist propagated by Forestall exists alongside that of different racialised Others, particularly the racialised migrant, the ‘harmful brown man’, and the ‘breeder’, who all represent threats to white Britain. These figures exist to legitimise punitive and violent practices by the state, such because the growth of borders, the conditionality of the welfare state and the surveillance of Muslimified populations by way of Forestall. These practices are important to the sustainment of white Britain, as a result of these practices are websites by which the white nation restores its fragile and threated energy. Unseeing the racist logics elementary to those violent practices (re)produces the white Britain instigating them, as a result of it legitimises their existence. Thus, sustaining Forestall’s ‘veneer of colourblindness’ (Younis, 2020) shouldn’t be solely important for its operations, but additionally for white Britain to proceed its racial challenge of (b)ordering.

On the present juncture the place Britain defines itself as a ‘beacon to the remainder of Europe and the world’ and ‘not institutionally racist’ (Fee on Race and Ethnic Disparities, 2021, p8) this essay supplies a well timed evaluation on how processes of racialisation are central to how white Britain defines itself and restores its authority. Destabilising the facility of white Britain means recognising and interrogating the racist logics at its very core. This requires connecting and resisting exclusionary and expulsive practices of Preventwithin a bigger challenge of racial (b)ordering in white Britain. 


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