An Investigation of Discourses on Ethnic Minority Children. Experiences from Danish Preschool Pedagogues

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title An Investigation of Discourses on Ethnic Minority Children. Experiences from Danish Preschool Pedagogues
Author(s) Becker, Emma Aamand
Date 2016
English abstract
This study seeks to identify discourses on ethnic minority children in the preschool system of Copenhagen, and in extension investigate what consequences the discourses have to the “subject position” of the children. The study includes a small-scale qualitative study of Copenhagen institutions based on the collection of three semi-structured interviews with preschool pedagogues. Additionally, the “Inclusionguide” from the municipality of Copenhagen have been included to strengthen the analysis. The material has been analysed using a range of theoretical concepts of Michel Foucault. Based on the analysis, the thesis identifies several elements, which permeates discourses surrounding ethnic minority children. The thesis concludes that discrepancies between the institutional sphere and the family sphere can cause the children be categorised as “wrong” or “abnormal” according to the discourses reproduced in the institutions. Furthermore, the thesis suggests that discourses are based on dualistic assumptions and controlling power relations, and are problematic to challenge.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 61
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) discourses
ethnic minority children
Denmark
preschool
subject position
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/21230 (link to this page)

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