Traces of Terror: Counter-Terrorism Law, Policing, and Race

Hardcover | February 3, 2014

byVictoria Sentas

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Based on field work in Australia undertaken between 2007 and 2009, Traces of Terror: Counter-Terrorism Law, Policing and Race utilises access to the Victoria Police and assesses their policy impact on Muslim, Somali, Turkish Kurds and Sri Lankan Tamil communities. Drawing on in-depthinterviews, participant observations, and legal and policy analysis, the author examines the criminalization and racialization of preparatory offences and "terrorist organizations", as well as the police and judicial application of contentious concepts, including extremism, radicalization andcounter-radicalization. There is thorough analysis of the management of difference, identity and belonging through community policing and social policy, and treatment of expanding police and intelligence powers enacted as a response to combatting terror. Above all, this book traces the persistence of race, racializationand racism in practices presented, on the surface, as "race neutral" and consensual. From raids and prosecutions, to informal questioning and communitarian forms of regulation, it demonstrates the enduring and shifting meanings of these concepts as practices and their lived, often contradictoryeffects on the populations who experience them. Evaluating both those who police and those who are policed, Traces of Terror is not a study of police racism nor of experiences of discrimination, but rather an explanation of the enduring organisation of racial power reflected in, and produced by, counter-terrorism.

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Based on field work in Australia undertaken between 2007 and 2009, Traces of Terror: Counter-Terrorism Law, Policing and Race utilises access to the Victoria Police and assesses their policy impact on Muslim, Somali, Turkish Kurds and Sri Lankan Tamil communities. Drawing on in-depthinterviews, participant observations, and legal and p...

Dr Victoria Sentas is a Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She has published in the fields of counter-terrorism, race and criminal justice and serves on the editorial board of the Australian Feminist Law Journal.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:376 pagesPublished:February 3, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199674639

ISBN - 13:9780199674633

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Table of Contents

1. Traces in Counter-Terrorism: An Introduction2. The Hegemony of Race3. A Motive for Terror: Law and Islam4. 'No Crime Scenes': The Police and Extremism5. Policing Social Cohesion: Community Policing for Counter-Terrorism6. 'We just want to get to know you': The Function of Informal Questioning7. Disrupting Diaspora: Policing Terrorist Organisations8. Without an Inventory