Author(s):Kerstin von Brömssen

Conference:ECER 2008, From Teaching to Learning?

Network:7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education

Format:Paper

Session Information

07 SES 04A, Pupils' Contested Identities

Paper Session

Time:2008-09-10
16:00-17:30

Room:BE 016

Chair:Ghazala Bhatti

Contribution

"That is sin, don't you think?"


In current educational research dealing with diversity, i.e. ’multicultural education’, religion as a phenomenon has been fairly absent. The aim of this paper is to discuss religion as one of several important dimensions related to young pupils’ identification and identifying processes in a multi-ethnic school. How and when does religion fit into the contemporary school and what happens with religion in this environment? The research uses qualitative field data from ethnographic research to offer insights into how pupils as well as teachers use discursive constructions of religion in order to stress arguments and negotiate behaviour and discipline. The research is part of the project “Gender and Ethnicity in Texts and Practices - Interaction and Interpretation of Educational Texts” with funding from the Swedish Research Council.


Method

Ethnography - critical discourse analyses


Expected Outcomes

The research is part of the project “Gender and Ethnicity in Texts and Practices -
Interaction and Interpretation of Educational Texts” with funding from the Swedish Research Council.
The aim of this paper is to investigate and discuss discursive constructions and negotiations on religion in a multi-ethnic school among pupils as well as positionings within talk from teachers when disciplining pupils.


References

Brah, Avtar (1996) Cartographies of diaspora: contesting identities. London: Routledge.
von Brömssen, Kerstin (2003) Interpretations, negotiations and silences. Pupils' talk on religion from within multicultural and postcolonial spaces. Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis 201.
Fairclough, Norman (1992) Discourse and social change.


Author Information

Kerstin von Brömssen
Gothenburg University
Department of Religious Studies, Theology and Classical Philology
Göteborg