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Swedishness - A Matter of Education?: Immigration, National Identity and the Democratic State
Karlstads universitet, Fakulteten för samhälls- och livsvetenskaper, Avdelningen för politiska och historiska studier. Karlstads universitet, Fakulteten för samhälls- och livsvetenskaper, Centrum för de samhällsvetenskapliga ämnenas didaktik.ORCID-id: 0000-0001-7802-238X
2007 (Engelska)Konferensbidrag, Publicerat paper (Refereegranskat)
Abstract [en]

Results from a research project conducted among 1000 secondary school students in Sweden are used for discussing superordinate national identity as a means for immigrants integration into democratic polities and the challenges this may present for social science education. The discussion is presented in the form of an article, intended for publishing. The theoretical point of departure is taken within social identity theory, with emphasis on its findings concerning relationships between superordinate and subgroup identities. It is suggested that a superordinate national identity perceived as inclusive, by immigrants and the native population, would be conducive to integration into democratic nation-states. Such states are seen as the dominant organizational form for democratic polities in the foreseeable future. It is argued that command of the dominant language of society is most important of the inclusive criteria. Other such criteria are respect of the state´s political institutions and feelings of belonging to the country where you live. The argument is supported by data, showing a majority of secondary school students of self-identified ´Swedish´ or non-´Swedish´ backgrounds in favour of inclusive criteria for a ´Swedish´ national identity. This ´civic´ understanding of national identity highlighting the importance of a dominant and culturally non-neutral language is implicitly critical to the predominant concept of ´multiculturalism´. Thus, issues of inclusion and exclusion are paradoxically problematized, since multiculturalism is often seen as an including approach. For social science education, in school and in teacher training, this paradox presents a challenge with its focus on questions I would like to highlight in the concluding discussion: How is a civic understanding of ´inclusion´ to be understood as opposed to a multicultural? And: Which are the consequences of a civic understanding for matters of recognition of minority groups and their rights?

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
2007.
Nyckelord [en]
immigration, superordinate national identity, youth, inclusion, exclusion, democratic state, Sweden, Ämnesdidaktik, Subject Didactics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-24056OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-24056DiVA, id: diva2:597822
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Første nordiske konferanse i fagdidaktikk, Oslo 14-16 maj 2007
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Kritiska händelser, identitet och politiskt engagemang hos gymnasister och lärarstudenterTillgänglig från: 2013-01-22 Skapad: 2013-01-22 Senast uppdaterad: 2014-12-09

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