Logo: to the web site of Uppsala University

uu.sePublications from Uppsala University
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Barn med diagnoser: Mödrars och skolors strategier i Stockholm
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
2021 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Children with diagnoses : Mothers’ and schools’ strategies in Stockholm (English)
Abstract [en]

The number of children diagnosed with ADHD and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has grown dramatically in recent years with far-reaching consequences for children, families, schools and society. Scientific and public debate on the increase consists of two opposing sides. On the one hand, the increase is explained as a question of better, more widespread medical knowledge. On the other hand, a medicalisation critique depicts the diagnoses as a question of control and oppression from the medical professions, the pharmaceutical industry and from an increased competition in school and society.

This study departs from another perspective with the main aim being to analyse the social uses of diagnoses in schools in Stockholm. Building on Pierre Bourdieu’s sociology and Ian Hacking’s theory of interactive kinds, the question of how different actors, in particular mothers of children with diagnoses and schools, evoke understanding, provide care, categorise children, acquire resources and in other ways use the diagnoses is analysed. Interviews with mothers and principals constitute the main empirical data. In addition, statistical and document analyses were carried out.

The institutional and educational arrangements for pupils with diagnoses and special needs in Stockholm were debated topics and changed rapidly. The schools had a hard time catering for pupils with special educational needs and they perceived that such pupils could threaten their positions in the fierce competition on the school market as they often required extra resources and support. The educational landscape that the mothers in the study encountered, as they fought to ameliorate their children’s difficult school situation, was therefore uncertain and difficult to navigate, leaving the mothers with a heavy burden of individual responsibility. The mothers felt that they had to find alternative schools, special support and not least create understanding for their children in school. The children’s diagnoses constituted a valuable tool in this struggle, but also required the mothers to be active, forward planning, and to master and act on knowledge concerning the diagnoses. The mothers’ social, cultural and economic capital and their practices concerning time and emotions shaped their educational strategies for their children and their social uses of the diagnoses. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2021. , p. 281
Series
Studier i utbildnings- och kultursociologi ; 14
Keywords [en]
motherhood, ADHD, autism, Pierre Bourdieu, cultural capital, educational strategies, Ian Hacking, interactive kinds, special educational needs, intensive parenting, school market, sociology of education
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Sociology of Education
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-439579ISBN: 978-91-513-1193-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-439579DiVA, id: diva2:1542532
Public defence
2021-06-04, Sal IV Universitetshuset, Uppsala, 13:15 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2021-05-12 Created: 2021-04-08 Last updated: 2023-03-13

Open Access in DiVA

UUThesis-E_Laurin_2021(1973 kB)4487 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 1973 kBChecksum SHA-512
59b71fb5d619641fb457a4b54f41e45485638a5aabd3a51cb8e045d935756f2ca4b4bebab68f3f58654841130fd970abe09eb2636889746d938dd7b9088a7a49
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf
Buy this publication >>

Authority records

Laurin, Emma

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Laurin, Emma
By organisation
Department of Education
Educational Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 4490 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

isbn
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

isbn
urn-nbn
Total: 7864 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf