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Swedes Can’t Swear: Making Fun at a Multiethnic Secondary School
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2001-6136
2018 (English)In: Journal of Language, Identity & Education, ISSN 1534-8458, E-ISSN 1532-7701, Vol. 17, no 5, p. 320-335Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the last decade, Sweden has witnessed a significant increase in public attention concerning the following interrelated linguistic phenomena: (a) a linguistic style labelled “Rinkeby Swedish,” (b) specific “Rinkeby Swedish words” that have been perceived as disparaging in Swedish public debate, and (c) a specific young male immigrant identity indexed by this linguistic style. Drawing on ethnographically collected data and naturally occurring talk in a multi-ethnic Swedish upper secondary school, this article examines a possible shift in language ideology, whereby tabooed words and urban youth styles are not dismissed by the school institution but are incorporated in teaching activities. Furthermore, it is argued that there are reasons to look for other interactional accomplishments than solely identity in the use of urban youth styles. The article shows how identity may be used as a resource in the construction of social hierarchies as well as interactional enjoyment among some male students.

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2018. Vol. 17, no 5, p. 320-335
Keywords [en]
Classroom ethnography, humour, identification, interactional enjoyment, urban youth styles
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Educational Sciences
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Child and Youth Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-160958DOI: 10.1080/15348458.2018.1469412ISI: 000446219400004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-160958DiVA, id: diva2:1255549
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and WelfareAvailable from: 2018-10-12 Created: 2018-10-12 Last updated: 2018-10-15Bibliographically approved

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