The politics of Britishness: multiculturalism, schooling and social cohesion

Keddie, Amanda 2014, The politics of Britishness: multiculturalism, schooling and social cohesion, British educational research journal, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 539-554, doi: 10.1002/berj.3101.

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Title The politics of Britishness: multiculturalism, schooling and social cohesion
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda
Journal name British educational research journal
Volume number 40
Issue number 3
Start page 539
End page 554
Total pages 16
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 0141-1926
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/berj.3101
Field of Research 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Socio Economic Objective 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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