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Pedagogues in the borderland of their social task: Dealing with family law proceedings, threats and violence
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2012 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 49, no 3, 189-210 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing upon an explorative study of family law proceedings from a school perspective, the aim of this paper is to examine the school staffs strategies for solving or coping with problematic situations in this context. Gendered conflicts between adults and violence are extreme cases for pedagogues in school and preschool. How do the staff cope with their own and the children's vulnerability? Based upon interviews with 22 informants, the staff's strategies are outlined and discussed in relation to organizational and professional circumstances and intersecting social relations of power. An analytical construction of six types of proactive and reactive strategies, ranging from distance keeping to normalization of own exposure, is utilized in the analysis. Findings suggest that the staff's strategies to handle challenging events in this context vary with the parent's gender, class position and ethnicity. Further, it is argued that creating a sense of safety and promoting learning among the children may be obstructed by lack of support from the school's organization, demands on staff to perform customer oriented attitudes towards parents and lack of clarity concerning the limits of the social task. Conflicts between the organization and profession on the one hand and the educational and the social task on the other hand, are thus illuminated. In conclusion, a further aim of this article is to contribute to broader discussions on men's violence against women and children - in families as well as in workplaces and in the intersection between these two areas.

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2012. Vol. 49, no 3, 189-210 p.
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Domestic violence, Family law, Profession, School
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-184917OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-184917DiVA: diva2:570518
Available from: 2012-11-19 Created: 2012-11-15 Last updated: 2012-11-19Bibliographically approved

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