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Dilemmas of devolution: the 'Politics of Britishness' and citizenship education

Andrews, Rhys William ORCID: and Mycock, Andrew 2008. Dilemmas of devolution: the 'Politics of Britishness' and citizenship education. British Politics 3 (2) , pp. 139-155. 10.1057/bp.2007.36

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Recent calls for British values to be promoted in citizenship classes raise as many questions about civic and national identity in the UK as they purport to answer. In particular, to what extent is talk of promoting ‘Britishness’ in schools any longer relevant in the post-devolution era? It is increasingly apparent that British values and culture have a variety of meanings for the multitude of social groups across and within the devolved state. Moreover, while the introduction of statutory Citizenship lessons in England was undoubtedly an important event in British political history, citizenship education is treated very differently within the curricula of each home nation. This paper explores the relationship between the ‘politics of Britishness’ and attempts to promote civic and national identity through citizenship education in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The implications of this policy divergence for the future of British citizenship are then considered, before the paper concludes by arguing for greater joined-up thinking on citizenship education across the UK.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
L Education > L Education (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Citizenship education ; Britishness ; Devolution ; Policy divergence
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN: 1746-918X
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 09:56

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