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The ’flawless’ school and the problematic actors: research on policy documents to counteract discrimination and degrading treatment in schools in Sweden
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education and Teacher's Practice. (Lärares arbete)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4072-2986
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Pedagogy and Learning. (CSF;Kollegiet för värdepedagogisk forskning)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5882-4112
2018 (English)In: European Journal of Education, ISSN 0141-8211, E-ISSN 1465-3435, Vol. 53, no 4, p. 574-585Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, the anti‐discrimination initiatives and the efforts against degrading treatment are promoted by two laws indicating self‐regulatory and transparent actions toward preventing both. To be successful, it is important that everybody involved in the work has the same understanding of the task and that everybody understands written formulations of local policy documents, here labelled eq‐uity plans, in order not to reinforce inequalities when counteracting discrimination and degrading treatment. Our aim is to explore the world‐views that are expressed by the schools in their equity plans. We ask what are the perceived causes of discrimination and degrading treat‐ment within the schools, what solutions in the equity plans emerge and which subject positions are constructed and made possible. The analysis rendered three discourses of which we can see recurring signs in the material and these have been labelled The perfect school discourse, The desig‐nated discourse and The educational discourse. These dis‐courses are different in how they relate to discrimination and degrading treatment in school and they also provide different opportunities for students. We conclude that policy‐making is important as a means to change discrimi‐natory patterns and we suggest how to avoid drawing on discourses that are likely to counteract the goals.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2018. Vol. 53, no 4, p. 574-585
Keywords [en]
discrimination policy work
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Pedagogy
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences, Education; Pedagogics and Educational Sciences; Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-78208DOI: 10.1111/ejed.12306ISI: 000449687800012Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85054547970OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-78208DiVA, id: diva2:1254177
Available from: 2018-10-08 Created: 2018-10-08 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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