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School segregation – Urban areas and increasing difference in Swedish secondary schools

Författare och institution:
Jonas Lindbäck (Institutionen för pedagogik, kommunikation och lärande)
Publicerad i:
Nordic Youth Research Symposium (NYRIS) 13, 15-17 juni 2016, Trollhättan,
Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Over the last two decades we have seen an increasing difference in performance between schools in Sweden, what we can call school segregation. The negative side of this development is most clearly visible in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the metropolitan areas. In some of the schools in these areas almost half of all the pupils lack upper secondary qualifications. This presentation is based on an ethnographic fieldwork over a one-year period with pupils in 8th and 9th grade in one of these schools in the city of Gothenburg. Besides taking fieldnotes I also conducted interviews with pupils, teachers and the local headmaster. Increased inequality and urban segregation has widened the gap between people and places in the metropolitan districts of Sweden. A development that contributes to the territorial stigmatization of disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods by which they are labelled as “no-go areas” associated with social problems and crime. This stigma becomes part of the everyday life in these areas and affects both the school and the pupils there. My aim of this presentation is to show how the pupils confirm, negotiate and oppose the negative image of their neighbourhood in general and their school in particular. How do these pupils give voice to and interpret their position in the educational system and in the hierarchically structured urban space of contemporary Sweden? How do they portray their own school, and the possibilities for themselves and their peers? My presentation will give examples of both the pupils’ confirmation and confrontation with the images of schools in poor urban areas.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
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School segregation, territorial stigmatization, representation
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2016-06-22 14:25

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