The first project examined how the simultaneous implementation of community cohesion and counter-terrorism policies affected those who were involved in their delivery locally, and the potential contradictions between these policies. A related book is also available: Social cohesion and counter-terrorism: A policy contradiction? by Charles Husband and Yunis Alam, priced £17.59.
The second is an anthology of voices and stories, shared by people from different backgrounds across West Yorkshire and reflecting issues important to them: The Invisible Village, by M Y Alam priced £8.99.
The findings are particularly relevant to the ongoing Coalition government review into the effectiveness and future of the Prevent strategy, and ongoing debates about multiculturalism in the UK. They include:
- The range of concerns across different communities, from crime to quality of services.
- The value of local expertise in dealing with difficult issues.
- Implications for UK policy-makers.