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Banning Them, Securing Us?: Terrorism, Parliament and the Ritual of Proscription

ISBN13: 9781526144928
To be Published: April 2020
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £80.00

Banning them, securing us? offers the first book-length exploration of the politics of banning - or proscribing - terrorist organisations. Grounded in a historical and contemporaneous exploration of banning powers, the book sets out findings of empirical analysis of twenty years of Parliamentary debate in the UK. Through this analysis, Jarvis and Legrand uncover proscription's importance for the politics of national security and national identity alike.

Drawing on political science, sociology, law and anthropology literatures, they argue that this power can be understood as a form of political ritual with implications for how we understand the politics, law and practices of security decision-making in western democracies in general, and the UK specifically. The book is likely to be of use to advanced postgraduates and scholars of security politics, policy and law.

Criminal Law
Introduction: Banning them
1. Proscription in the United Kingdom
2. Proscription in context
3. Theorising proscription
4. Debating proscription
5. Proscription and identity
6. Proscription and security
7. The ritual of proscription
Conclusion: Securing us?