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Open Access Citizenship, diversity and national identity

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This article explores the issues of citizenship, diversity and national identity in the context of the introduction of citizenship education in the UK. It considers the historical context of national identity in the UK and notes that the 'British national identity has historically implied diversity'. It also analyses the views of British national identity in the speeches of major contemporary politicians including Gordon Brown and the challenge they provide for citizenship education

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Keywords: BRITISH NATIONAL IDENTITY; CITIZENSHIP; CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION; DIVERSITY; NATIONAL IDENTITY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2008

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