Is multiculturalism good for children? : the rights of the child and multiculturalist policies in Sweden

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Is multiculturalism good for children? : the rights of the child and multiculturalist policies in Sweden
Author(s) Ouis, Pernilla ; Adamson, Göran ; Carlbom, Aje
Date 2013
English abstract
In the present paper, the objective is to investigate if multiculturalism is good for children. The method is to use secondary sources, as well as current examples from Swedish society, to show how multiculturalist policies have negative consequences for minority children's rights. The paper, as well as previous research, reveals that parents of immigrant origin often forbid children to attend school activities such as camps, gymnastics, swimming, and lessons in music and religion. Parents motivate their actions with reference to their traditions and religion, and a fear that their children might learn sexual immorality. The wishes of parents are accepted by schools because of the prevailing multiculturalist policy in Sweden. The result shows that by not attending schools activities like other children, these children will be disqualified for higher education as they do not get grades in all disciplines due to their absence. Furthermore, it is argued in the paper that the prohibitions by their parents violate the rights of these children. The policy of equal treatment is transformed into a practice of unequal treatment of children with immigrant origin. The conclusion of this policy analysis suggests that this approach is not in the best interest of the child and is a case of real discrimination.
Link http://www.unomaha.edu/idj/volume3index.html (external link to publication)
Publisher University of Nebraska Omaha
Host/Issue ID: International Dialogue A Multidisciplinary Journal of World Affairs;
Volume 3
ISSN 2155-160X
Pages 77-93
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) children
multiculturalism
rights
policy
Islam
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/16509 (link to this page)

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