Making politics educational: the experience of the Scottish referendum on independence

Jim Crowther

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In 2014 the issue of constitutional change in the UK brought about by an agreement between the UK and Scottish Government, for a referendum on Scottish independence, created the motivation for widespread political engagement with the formal political process. Scottish citizens - including newly enfranchised 16 and 17 year olds - were debating, discussing and disagreeing about opting out of one of the world’s richest countries. This was an unusual situation and one that nearly happened despite a hostile corporate, political and mainstream media response to the demand for independence. It would be a mistake, however, to assume that this movement for change was the result of narrow-minded nationalism. Although the Referendum result was that Scotland should remain in the UK the process also produced widespread politicization of ordinary people. The cultural politics of communities had engaged with the political culture of the state and the dialectic between the two generated educational experiences and opened up new political possibilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-185
Number of pages23
JournalSocial and Education History
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2015


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