Remembrance and ritual in English schools

Patrick Alexander*, Susannah Wright, David Aldridge, Annie Haight

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This article explores war remembrance and ritual in English schools. The Remembrance in Schools project (2013–2020) investigated remembrance practices in schools in England through questionnaires, interviews and observations. Schools are unique as sites of remembrance because children constitute the majority of participants in rituals. School‐based rituals of remembrance might potentially reproduce dominant discourses of war‐normalisation that conflate military values and nationalism with morally ‘good’ values and an imagined community of the nation. They also provide a contested, ambivalent space in which ambiguities of practice and thinking may encourage the emergence, in small ways, of counter‐narratives about war and its remembrance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalChildren & Society
Issue number0
Early online date25 Jan 2024
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2024


  • ritual
  • remembrance
  • children
  • school
  • Health (social science)
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Education


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