Integration, assimilation and British values

Oct 11, 2017 by

by Sean Oliver-Dee, Jubilee Centre:

This paper proposes a new approach to citizenship in the UK. It tracks the short-term history of how questions of identity, citizenship and ‘Britishness’ were engaged with over the past forty years, whilst highlighting the systemic difficulties encountered when trying to create a sense of common identity, before moving on to analyse the limitations of the very different traditional approaches to inculcating citizenship: integration and assimilation. This becomes the basis for the paper’s proposition of a new approach to the issue, which is labelled ‘Invested Citizenship’. A form of citizenship in which, the paper proposes, Christians can (and should) play an active part.

Introduction

This paper sets out a positive vision of what citizenship in Britain can mean and reasons why Christians in Britain can embrace this vision.

In June 2016, the British people voted by a narrow but clear majority to leave the EU. That result was the outworking of a number of factors, positive and negative, which had been emerging in the UK (along with worries about lack of accountability in the EU) over the previous six or seven years.

This result, whatever else it might mean economically and politically, means that the conversation that has been bubbling away over more than a decade concerning what it means to be ‘a British citizen’, or to ‘be British’ has taken on a renewed importance.

Historically, there have generally been two differing approaches to engendering a sense of ‘citizenship’ or ‘belonging’ in modern democracies.

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see also: The Paris Statement: a true Europe (marked by Christianity) vs the false Europe (utopian and tyrannical), by Archbishop Cranmer

Neil MacGregor: why Britain stands alone when it comes to religion, by Anita Singh, Telegraph

 

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