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Feeling Secure? The Public and UK Counter-terrorism Powers

Briefing given to the National Assembly at Cardiff by Dr Lee Jarvis and Dr Michael Lister on Tuesday 9 December.


This briefing presents research from an ongoing project on‘ Anti-terrorism, citizenship and security in the UK’.  The project is a study of public perceptions of contemporary counter-terrorism powers in Wales and England.  The research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and has included focus groups in Wales. 

Three main themes will be highlighted in the presentation. First, discussions of a tension between security and liberty do not correlate with public attitudes towards counter-terrorism policy. Second, counter-terrorism powers are widely viewed as targeting ethnic minority populations. Third, attitudes vary dramatically in relation to specific counter-terrorism measures such as Stop and Search and Pre-Charge Detention.

Dr. Lee Jarvis is Lecturer in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies at Swansea University.  He is author of Times of Terror (Palgrave, 2009) and co-author of Terrorism: A Critical Introduction (Palgrave, 2011).  Dr. Michael Lister is Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Relations, Politics and Sociology at Oxford Brookes University. He is co-author of  Citizenship in Contemporary Europe (Edinburgh University Press, 2008) and co-editor of The State: Theories and Issues (Palgrave, 2005).   They are the co-authors of Counter Terrorism, Citizenship and Security in the UK which was submitted to the 2010 Home Office Rapid Review of Counter-terrorism Powers, and will be available at the briefing.

The briefing will be chaired by Dr Jonathan Bradbury. The Swansea University briefing is hosted by Andrew Davies, AM for Swansea West.  It is organised by Dr Jonathan Bradbury on behalf of the Research Institute of Arts and Humanities (RIAH) and Swansea University. 

Do let us know if you would like to attend.  Please contact Helen Baldwin at RIAH, Swansea University at h.baldwin@swansea.ac.uk for full details.

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