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ERIC Number: EJ1030534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0141-1926
The Politics of Britishness: Multiculturalism, Schooling and Social Cohesion
Keddie, Amanda
British Educational Research Journal, v40 n3 p539-554 Jun 2014
This paper is set against a backdrop of contemporary concerns about Britishness. It explores the dominant view that unprecedented levels of cultural diversity within western contexts such as the UK are undermining social cohesion and are attributable to minority groups' failure to connect or assimilate with mainstream "British" (read White Anglo) culture. The paper focuses on how these issues play out for several of the key teachers at "Hamilton Court", a large English comprehensive multicultural school. Despite the school being a socially cohesive space, these teachers were concerned with students' lack of affiliation with "British" culture. The paper examines these concerns through critical lenses that problematise reductionist and racialised understandings of Britishness and assumptions that associate an affiliation with Britishness with generating social cohesion. Against this backdrop, the paper provides further warrant for continued critical discussion about issues of Britishness, multiculturalism and schooling.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom