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No-go- area, no-go- school: community discourses, local school market and children's identity work
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
2011 (English)In: Children's Geographies, ISSN 1473-3285, E-ISSN 1473-3277, Vol. 9, no 2, 185-203 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on how 11-year-old children in a segregated Swedish suburb at the time of choosing school for Year 6 in the 9-year compulsory school used current community discourses in their identity work, while constructing an 'us' in relation to 'them'. The segregation in the suburb was strengthened by the process of a school market, with competition among the schools. Even if the formal choice was made by the parents the study shows that the choosing process was also an important part of the children's identity work. The results show differentiations among the children with a majority of children involved in re-constructing both a neighbourhood and the neighbourhood's school as no-go-areas while other children rather choose that school.

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2011. Vol. 9, no 2, 185-203 p.
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children, identity work, segregation, community discourses, school market
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-154916DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2011.562380ISI: 000290963900005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-154916DiVA: diva2:422519
Available from: 2011-06-13 Created: 2011-06-13 Last updated: 2013-01-09Bibliographically approved

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