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Introduction: Conceptions of social justice and citizenship in Scottish and Swedish education systems

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-7
Number of pages5
JournalEducation, Citizenship and Social Justice
Issue number1
Early online date19 Dec 2016
StatePublished - Mar 2017


This Special Issue examines Swedish and Scottish education through the lens of social justice and citizenship. Each paper has a slightly different take on these central concepts, but all recognise that social justice has multiple dimensions relating to (re)distribution, recognition and participation. The multi-dimensional nature of citizenship is also recognised, encompassing civil, political and social rights. This introductory chapter highlights the central concerns of the papers, which compare and contrast the educational systems of Sweden and Scotland. While the achievements of comprehensive and inclusive education are recognised, future challenges are also noted, in particular, the extent to which education may be used as a means of achieving social justice and supporting citizenship rights at a time when economic inequalities are increasing.

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  • citizenship, comprehensive education, inclusive education, Scotland, social justice, Sweden

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