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Elevers skrivande som identitetsskapande aktivitet i skolan  - innehåll och begränsningar
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Language Education. (Forskarskolan i läs- och skrivutveckling)
2012 (Swedish)Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to study how self presentations and reflexive writing work as displaying identity in the school context. In the curriculum from 1994 and the current curriculum (GY11) for the Swedish upper secondary school, identity making is central in how the subject Swedish  is defined. It is through language and different media the student will strengthen her individual and cultural identity.

The material consist of students’ texts, inspirational texts and an assignment from the national test 2008 in the subject Swedish from upper secondary school. I examine how these texts provide a context for the student's own self presentation. I see this as a situation of interaction between the school as an institution and students’ writing.

The study is discourse analytical where self presentations produced within the school are linked to a societal and historical context, based on theories on reflexivity and modernity, communication and enterprise culture and individualization/subjectivity and power. The methodological tools are primarily drawn from Systemic Functional Grammar and Narrative analysis.

The results indictate a clear interaction when it comes to content as well as form between self presentation / life story and the construction of the assignment and the inspirational texts that the school provides. The discursive practice has great impact on the students’ own stories about themselves, and shows how the students handle the the discursive framework and the prerequisite provided from the school. The study's main contribution to school and writing research is to show how this is carried out. 

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Stockholm: Institutionen för språkdidaktik, Stockholms universitet , 2012. , 133 p.
Studier i språkdidaktik – Studies in Language Education, 8
Keyword [en]
identity construction, narrative analyses, power/knowledge, reflexivity, discourse analyses, late modernity, intertextuality
Keyword [sv]
identitetskonstruktion, narrativ analys, makt/vetande, reflexivitet, diskursanalys, senmodernitet, intertextualitet
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Education in Languages and Language Development
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-65162ISBN: 978-91-7447-415-2OAI: diva2:461357
2011-12-09, Stockholms universitet D9, Stockholm, 19:18 (Swedish)
Available from: 2011-12-05 Created: 2011-12-02 Last updated: 2012-10-05Bibliographically approved

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