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Maneuvering suspicions of being a potential pedophile: experiences of male ECEC-workers in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
Number of Authors: 32018 (English)In: European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, ISSN 1350-293X, E-ISSN 1752-1807, Vol. 26, no 3, p. 407-417Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous research has described a discourse where men working within Early Childhood Education and Care are viewed as potential pedophiles. The aim of this study is to describe and analyze how men, working in Swedish preschools, position themselves in relation to this pedophile discourse. Twenty-five men were interviewed about their work-experiences and the result shows two dominating positions: (1) giving up or (2) maneuvering the pedophile discourse. The discourse is maneuvered by: avoiding certain tasks, do the tasks but in ways that minimize suspicion or do the tasks without acknowledging the personal risk, as the tasks are required in their professional role. Thereby, men do not have the same ability to develop professionalism in childcare as women. However, by overcoming the fear of the pedophile discourse, these men create 'new discourses', where men can be viewed as caregivers. The result highlights an overall question, of what a professional approach is when it comes to care for children in ECEC.

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2018. Vol. 26, no 3, p. 407-417
Keywords [en]
Early childhood education and care (ECEC), men in preschool, childcare professional, fear of paedophilia, interviews
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-157762DOI: 10.1080/1350293X.2018.1463907ISI: 000432243600008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-157762DiVA, id: diva2:1223379
Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-06-25 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved

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