Spies, surveillance and stakeouts: monitoring Muslim moves in British state schools

Katy Pal Sian*

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This article will provide a critique of the PVE initiative and its implementation within the context of primary education following the events of 9/11, the 2001 riots and 7/7. Drawing upon empirical data I will argue that the monitoring of young Muslims and ‘extremism’ is problematic and reinforces the logics of Islamophobia through practices of governmentality. Moreover I will examine how whilst the monitoring of extremism is prioritized in many schools, training for teachers on race equality, tolerance and accepting difference is weak if not absent. This, I suggest, demonstrates a clear manifestation of contemporary hegemonic post-racial politics which increasingly silences the critique of institutional racism. Additionally this article will explore how Muslims in the sphere of education have been implicated and problematised against the backdrop of a ‘muscular liberalism’ intent on the return of assimilationist discourses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-201
Number of pages19
JournalRace Ethnicity and Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • education
  • extremism
  • Islamophobia
  • post-racial
  • PVE

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