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Introduction to Divided Societies

Borooah, Vani and Knox, Colin (2015): Introduction to Divided Societies. Published in: The Economics of Schooling in a Divided Society No. Palgrave Macmillan (2015): pp. 1-15.


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Borooah and Knox begin the book with a rationale for examining the economics of education in a divided society through a case study of Northern Ireland. They offer a short overview of other societies in which children are educated separately, India, the USA (increasingly), and England, as context for their study. The authors engage in a conceptual discussion which locates the specifics of education into a wider peace building agenda in Northern Ireland and interculturalism in the United Kingdom. What sort of society does Northern Ireland want – parallel living (‘separate but equal’) or a shared society?

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