Banning them, securing us?

Terrorism, parliament and the ritual of proscription

By Lee Jarvis and Tim Legrand

Banning them, securing us?


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4494-2
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: March 2020
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Terrorism, armed struggle, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Terrorism, Constitutional & Administrative Law, Society & social sciences / Freedom of information & freedom of speech, Criminology: Legal Aspects, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology, British Politics, Human Rights & Civil Liberties Law, LAW / Constitutional, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Human Rights
  • Series: Manchester University Press


Banning them, securing us? explores the proscribing - or banning - of terrorist organisations within the United Kingdom across a period of twenty years. The process of banning specific organisations, Jarvis and Legrand argue, is as much a ritualistic performance of liberal democracy as it is a technique for increasing national security from the threat posed by terrorism. Characterised by a repetitive script, an established cast of characters and a predictable outcome, this ritual provides an important contribution to the construction of Britain as a liberal, democratic, moderate space. It does so, paradoxically, through extending the reach of a power that has limited political or judicial oversight and considerable implications for rights, freedoms and political participation.

Offering a discursive analysis of all British Parliamentary debates on the banning of terrorist organisations since the introduction of Britain's current proscription regime in 2000, this book provides the first sustained treatment of this counter-terrorism power in the United Kingdom and beyond.


Introduction: Banning them

Proscription in the United Kingdom: A Tough but Necessary Measure?

Proscription in Context: Historical, Geographical and Political Dynamics

Theorising Proscription: Discourse, Argumentation, and Ritual

Debating Proscription: Sources of Parliamentary Support and Opposition

Questioning proscription: Holding Government to Account?

Proscription and Identity: Constructions of Self and Other in Parliamentary Debate

The Ritual of Proscription: Reproducing Liberal Democracy

Conclusion: Securing us?


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