The politics of Britishness: multiculturalism, schooling and social cohesion

Keddie, Amanda (2013) The politics of Britishness: multiculturalism, schooling and social cohesion. British Educational Research Journal, 40 3: 539-554. doi:10.1002/berj.3101

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Author Keddie, Amanda
Title The politics of Britishness: multiculturalism, schooling and social cohesion
Journal name British Educational Research Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-3518
Publication date 2013-05-15
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/berj.3101
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 40
Issue 3
Start page 539
End page 554
Total pages 16
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Abstract 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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Additional Notes Published online 15 May 2013 (early access)

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