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Handling the Other in Anti-racist Talk: Linguistic ethnography in a prestigious Stockholm upper secondary school
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
2018 (English)In: Explorations in Ethnography, Language and Communication: Capturing linguistic and cultural diversities / [ed] Stina Hållsten and Zoe Nikolaidou, Södertörn: Södertörn University , 2018, p. 15-39Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Sweden is often portrayed as a country without racism. With the exception of a few right-wing extremists, this anti-racist narrative portrays Sweden as generally being a welcoming society without structural discrimination or prejudice. However, as Teun van Dijk (1992) reminds us, the denial of racism can be closely connected to the racism that is said to be rejected. This double discourse, departs from an dichotomy of tolerant versus intolerant positions. I argue that this dichotomy needs to be critically explored. In order to do so, I  investigate the example of anti-racist stories told in a Swedish school context. Drawing on ethnographic data from a high prestigious secondary school in Stockholm, the article examines how accounts of school problems and disruptive students seem to evoke the category of the ‘immigrant student’. The text is an investigation of anti-racist ways of constructing the ethnic or racial Other in talk.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Södertörn: Södertörn University , 2018. p. 15-39
Series
Södertörn Discourse Studies ; 7
Keyword [en]
Anti racism, Colour-blindness, Elite school, Disruptive students, Linguistic ethnography, Narrative analysis
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Child and Youth Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-155765ISBN: 978-91-88663-39-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-155765DiVA, id: diva2:1202065
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2014-00873
Available from: 2018-04-27 Created: 2018-04-27 Last updated: 2018-04-27

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