This research will investigate transformations over time in the social construction and representation of two religio-ethnic communities perceived as ‘suspect’ and as threatening Britishness. It will provide a new analysis of Irish experiences, compare this with current Muslim experiences and provide useful insights both for communities and for policy makers who seek to implement counter-terrorism policies without alienating communities. It will contribute new understandings of the changing articulations of religion, ethnicity and race in multi-ethnic and multi-faith Britain. The research will examine comparatively how the ‘suspect community’ is (re)constructed, during two eras of political violence. It will examine media, government and police representations of Irish and Muslim communities at a series of key points between 1974 and 2007. The impact on communities will be investigated through interviews with key informants and joint Muslim / Irish discussion groups in London and Birmingham. Researchers will work with an Advisory Board of community representatives, academics and NGOs. The research will be disseminated through articles, a report with policy recommendations and a seminars for academics, policy-makers and community members. Professor Mary Hickman (ISET, London Metropolitan University) directs the project. Her co-researchers are Dr Sara Silvestri (City University), and Dr Lyn Thomas (ISET).



Public policies towards Muslims and the institutionalization of 'moderate Islam' in Europe : some critical reflections

Author: Sara Silvestri Date: Friday, March 12, 2010 Book chapter

British government responses in two eras of political violence : continuities and variations in the definitions of security and national interest

Author: Sara Silvestri Date: Friday, July 1, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Mainstreaming members of suspect communities : prospects for forging pluralist identity in Ireland

Author: Mary J. Hickman Date: Friday, July 1, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

'Suspect communities' : the impact of counter-terrorism on Irish communities and Muslim communities in Britain 1974-2007

Author: Mary J. Hickman Date: Friday, July 1, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Social cohesion and the notion of ‘suspect communities’

Author: Mary J. Hickman Date: Friday, July 1, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

'Suspect communities' : Irish, Muslims and counter-terrorism in Britain 1974-2007

Author: Sara Silvestri Date: Friday, July 1, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Public policy discourses and the governance of Islam in Europe

Author: Sara Silvestri Date: Friday, July 1, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Engaging with Muslim communities

Author: Sara Silvestri Date: Friday, July 1, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Suspect communities and the enemy within : representations of Muslims and the Irish in the British press

Author: Henri Nickels Date: Thursday, June 30, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Suspect communities and the enemy within : press representations of the Irish and Muslim communities in Britain, 1974–2007

Author: Henri Nickels Date: Thursday, June 30, 2011 Conference paper/presentation

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'Suspect communities'? : counter-terrorism policy, the press, and the impact on Irish and Muslim communities in Britain

Author: Mary J. Hickman Date: Thursday, July 7, 2011 Occasional paper

‘“Suspect populations” : Irish communities, Muslim communities and the British criminal justice system

Author: Mary J. Hickman Date: Saturday, October 1, 2011 Other publication/report

The impact of counter-terrorism on Muslim and Irish communities in England since the era of the ‘troubles’ in the 1970s to the post-2005 ‘prevent’ context

Author: Sara Silvestri Date: Thursday, July 14, 2011 Presentation/lecture

Suspect communities : critical discourse analysis : findings

Author: Lyn Thomas Date: Thursday, June 30, 2011 Seminar/workshop

Media study : mapping analysis

Author: Henri Nickels Date: Thursday, June 30, 2011 Seminar/workshop

A comparative study of the representations of ‘suspect’ communities in multi-ethnic Britain and of their impact on Muslim and Irish communities : policy study

Author: Sara Silvestri Date: Thursday, June 30, 2011 Seminar/workshop

The construction of ‘suspect’ communities in Britain 1974-2007 : comparing the impact on Irish and Muslim communities

Author: Mary J. Hickman Date: Thursday, June 30, 2011 Seminar/workshop

Suspect communities?

Author: Mary J. Hickman Date: Friday, July 1, 2011 Seminar/workshop

‘Suspect communities’ in multi-ethnic Britain : comparing the impact of being “suspect” on Muslim and Irish communities

Author: Mary J. Hickman Date: Friday, July 1, 2011 Seminar/workshop

The construction of Irish and Muslim communities as “suspect” in Britain 1974-2007 : representations and experiences

Author: Lyn Thomas Date: Friday, July 1, 2011 Seminar/workshop

A comparative study of the representations of "suspect" communities in Multi-ethnic Britain and of their impact on Irish communities and Muslim communities - mapping newspaper content

Author: Henri Nickels Date: Thursday, January 1, 2009 Working paper

Start date
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
End date
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Grant holder
Professor Mary Hickman
Co-applicants
Dr Sara Silvestri
Professor Lyn Thomas
Grant amount
$193,307.43
Grant reference
RES-062-23-1066
Discipline
No Lead Discipline
Grant type