Muslim Home Educators in the Time of Prevent

Pattison, Harriet (2020) Muslim Home Educators in the Time of Prevent. International Review of Qualitative Research. ISSN ESSN: 1609-4069

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Following the implementation of the Prevent strategy in the United Kingdom and the public linking of Muslim home education with radicalization, this research explores the perspectives of Muslim home educators. Using the concept of moral panics (Cohen, 2002. Folk devils and moral panics), this paper synthesizes work on Muslim identity (Awan, 2012. “I Am a Muslim Not an Extremist”: How the prevent strategy has constructed a “suspect” community. Politics & Policy, 40(6), 1158–1185) with that of folk devil reactions to stigmatization (Breakwell, 2010. Resisting representations and identity processes; Bueker, 2017. Resources for resistance: The role of dominant and nondominant forms of cultural capital in resistance among young women of color in a predominantly white public high school; Griffiths, 2010. The gothic folk devils strike back! Theorizing folk devil reaction in the post- Columbine era. Journal of Youth Studies, 13(3), 403–422). Data are drawn from three case study families via questionnaires and interviews and analyzed thematically within a symbolic interactionist framework, using an adaptation of Griffiths (2010. The gothic folk devils strike back! Theorizing folk devil reaction in the post- Columbine era. Journal of Youth Studies, 13(3), 403–422) “folk devil reaction model” as an interpretative guide. Following an exploration of participants’ reflective self- appraisals, two categories of response are identified: retreat and resistance. Both of these are further subdivided, respectively, into reactions of blending in and withdrawing and reactions of drawing on resources and contestation. The paper argues that a legal and increasingly popular educational choice has been co- opted from being an individual family decision into a political narrative of danger, radicalization, and security implications (Hoskins & O’Loughlin, 2009. Pre- mediating guilt: Radicalisation and mediality in British news. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 2(1), 81–93). In a climate where prejudice about home education and Islam already abundantly exist, such a narrative may contribute to an increasingly intolerant society. Recognition of the situation of Muslim home educators may go some way toward tempering this.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version will appear in the Sage Publications journal International Journal of Qualitative Methods.
Keywords: home education, radicalization, moral panic, Muslim identity, folk devils
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Harriet Pattison
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2020 09:36
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2020 10:50

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