Education, Democracy and Inequality: Political Engagement and Citizenship Education in Europe

Bryony Hoskins, Jan Germen Janmaat

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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: among European countries. 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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages206
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-48976-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-48975-3
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameEducation, Economy and Society
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

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