The British Citizenship Test was introduced in 2005 as one of a raft of new initiatives
designed to address the perceived problems of integration and social cohesion in Britain. The new citizenship procedures suggest a controversial shift in
British political discourse about citizenship – particularly, the institutionalization of a
common British citizen identity that is intended to draw citizens together in a new form of political/national community (see Gray & Griffin, 2014, below).
I am currently conducting research with a community organization which supports people in preparing for the British Citizenship Test by providing English language and Life in the United Kingdom training. This research examines people’s own understandings of citizenship and what it means to be British. Research findings will be posted on this site so stay in touch.
In the coming months I and Debra Gray want to extend this study to other organisations involved in ‘citizenship preparation’. If you or your organization are interested, please get in touch.
There has been very little research on the British Citizenship Test. One paper you might find of interest is:
Gray, D., & Griffin, C. (2014). A journey to citizenship: Constructions of citizenship and identity in the British Citizenship Test. British Journal of Social Psychology, 53(2), 299-314. doi: 10.1111/bjso.12042