Please join us for this year’s seminar series, “Nationalism and Education” which will begin Thursday 14 Nov. with Professor Jenny Ozga.
Crafting the Narrative of Independence – the SNP, Education and the Political Work of Governing
Prof. Jenny Ozga, Professor of the Sociology of Education, University of Oxford
Nationalism is a key resource for the political work of governing Scotland, and education offers the Scottish National Party (SNP) government a policy space in which political nationalism (self determination) along with social and cultural forms of nationalism can be formed and propagated, through referencing ‘inwards’ to established myths and traditions that stress the ‘public’ nature of schooling/education/universities and their role in construction of ‘community’; and referencing ‘outwards’, especially to Nordic comparators, to education’s role in economic recovery and progress. The SNP government has been very active in the education policy field, and a significant element of their activity lies in promoting a discourse of collective learning in which a ‘learning government’ is enabled to lead a ‘learning nation’ towards greater independence. This presentation draws on recent and current research in order to analyse the construction of this discourse and the roles of key system actors in its mobilisation.
Room KSW.1.04 at the LSE at 1815.
All welcome and no ticket required