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Education, Democracy and Inequality

Political Engagement and Citizenship Education in Europe

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Argues that education systems are enhancing and entrenching socioeconomic inequalities in political engagement

  • Analyses how the school and education systems more generally can reproduce these inequalities

  • Draws upon the theories of Bourdieu and Bernstein to compare the UK system to other European countries

Part of the book series: Education, Economy and Society (EDECSO)

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    • Bryony Hoskins, Jan Germen Janmaat
    Pages 1-13
  3. Learning Political Engagement

    • Bryony Hoskins, Jan Germen Janmaat
    Pages 15-43
  4. Access to Forms of Political Learning

    • Bryony Hoskins, Jan Germen Janmaat
    Pages 45-67
  5. England in a Comparative Light: Lower Secondary

    • Bryony Hoskins, Jan Germen Janmaat
    Pages 99-157
  6. Learning Political Engagement in Further and Higher Education in England

    • Bryony Hoskins, Jan Germen Janmaat
    Pages 159-189
  7. Conclusions and Implications for Policy and Practice

    • Bryony Hoskins, Jan Germen Janmaat
    Pages 217-231
  8. Correction to: Education, Democracy and Inequality

    • Bryony Hoskins, Jan Germen Janmaat
    Pages C1-C1
  9. Back Matter

    Pages 233-242

About this book

This book posits that national education systems are enhancing socioeconomic inequalities in political engagement. While the democratic ideal is social equality in political engagement, the authors demonstrate that the English education system is recreating and enhancing entrenched democratic inequalities. In Europe, the UK has the strongest correlation between social background and voting behaviours. Examining the role of the school and the education system in the potential reproduction of these inequalities, the authors draw upon the theories of Bourdieu and Bernstein and compare the English school system to other European countries to analyse barriers that are put along the way to political engagement. In times of political disaffection, frustration and polarisation, it is particularly important to uncover why young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to engage politically, and to help inspire future generations to use their voice. This timely book will be of interest and value to students and scholars of educational inequality and political engagement.

Keywords

  • democracy
  • education
  • Europe
  • political science
  • politics
  • quality
  • citizenship education
  • political engagement
  • young people political engagement

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Social Science, University of Roehampton, London, UK

    Bryony Hoskins

  • Institute of Education, University College London, London, UK

    Jan Germen Janmaat

About the authors

Bryony Hoskins is Professor of Comparative Social Science at the University of Roehampton, UK. She is an internationally renowned scholar who has conducted groundbreaking research in the field of measuring active citizenship, civic competence and the learning of political engagement. She regularly contributes to policy on Citizenship for a wide range of international organisations.

Jan Germen Janmaat is Reader in Comparative Social Science at the UCL Institute of Education, UK. He is interested in the ways in which education, broadly conceived, can promote civic values and social cohesion, and has published widely on these topics. Currently he is co-editor of Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education.

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USD 129.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-137-48976-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)