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Dilemmas of Devolution: The ‘Politics of Britishness’ and Citizenship Education

Andrews, Rhys and Mycock, Andrew (2008) Dilemmas of Devolution: The ‘Politics of Britishness’ and Citizenship Education. British Politics, 3 (2). pp. 139-155. ISSN 1746918X

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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
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Academy for British and Irish Studies
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2008 10:16
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 10:43


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