New book: Troubling educational cultures in the Nordic Countries

By on 29.11.2017 in Publications

picture of the book cover“School is crucial in children’s and young people’s subject formation. It frames how they understand themselves as learners and more broadly as human beings. Moreover school also has very material effects on future life prospects when guiding students to follow particular paths and form understandings of the world and their place in it.”

A freshly released book ‘Troubling educational cultures in the Nordic Countries’ reminds that even in the Nordic countries, that have a reputation for pursuing fair and equal education, young people tend to be channeled to different educational routes depending on their background. Working class, ethnic minority or special education background, particularly, lead young people toward less-valued educational routes more often than others. This book aims to analyse, challenge and trouble the Nordic educational ideals and cultural practices in the educational contexts in the Nordic countries.

“The authors of this book have focused on cultural processes connected to these issues by examining blind spots in education systems that are considered the most equal in the world. They describe and analyse how young people who do not fulfil cultural expectations are still relatively easily pushed into the margins and highlight how pedagogical practices put in place to promote equality often instead establish the privileged position of the hegemonic majority, or even create new forms of marginalisation. In doing this the contributors have also pointed out the potential for resistance that exists for young people and educators within these systems.”

The book includes the following chapters:

  • Troubling educational cultures in the Nordic Countries: Introduction
    Touko Vaahtera, Anna-Maija Niemi, Sirpa Lappalainen and Dennis Beach
  • The learning and creativity of male youth from multi-cultural suburbs
    Dennis Beach
  • The ideal school-yard child: Subjectivity in teachers’ representations of educational outdoor space
    Maria Rönnlund
  • Getting along – social skills required to be normal in the Finnish school
    Ina Juva and Touko Vaahtera
  • Troubling an embodied pedagogy in science education
    Kathrin Otrel-Cass and Liv Kondrup Kristensen
  • Disconcerting processes of marginalisation and boys’ opportunities for performing identity work in a Swedish special education need unit
    Yvonne Karlsson
  • Troubling normativities? Constructing sexual and gender diversity in the educational work of Finnish LGBTI human rights association Seta
    Jukka Lehtonen
  • Teaching about the Pink Holocaust in an Icelandic upper secondary school classroom: Queer counterpublics?
    Jón Ingvar Kjaran and Ingólfur Ásgeir Jóhannesson
  • The little things that matter: Research experiences of challenging heteronormativity in Finnish schools
    Riikka Taavetti
  • Using postcolonial discourse analysis in social science education: Troubling hierarchical human relations
    Pia Mikander

The editors of this book, Touko Vaahtera, Anna-Maija Niemi, Sirpa Lappalainen and Dennis Beach, as well as nearly all the other authors are members of JustEd. The book is published in the Ethnography and Education Book Series by Tufnell Press.

Vaahtera, T. E., Niemi, A-M., Lappalainen, S. H., & Beach, D. (2017). Troubling Educational Cultures in the Nordic Countries. (The Ethnography and Education). Tufnell Press.

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