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Between stability and contingency: A case study of the social, political and fantasmatic logics of Swedish history classroom practice
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9876-6255
2019 (English)In: Nordidactica: Journal of Humanities and Social Science Education, ISSN 2000-9879, no 1, p. 132-155Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores the political and ideological workings of history classroom practices enacted in the context of Swedish upper secondary education. Using the post-structuralist logics of critical explanation framework (Glynos & Howarth, 2007), the paper reports on a series of video-recorded observations and outlines the discursive logics found to constitute the studied practices. At the heart of the analysis are the socially shared assumptions, political relationships of us-and-them, and ideological narratives that alternately furnish the history classroom practices with stability and contingency. The results encompass three case-specific logics: (I) a social logic demonstrating that the stability of the studied classroom practices rests on shared assumptions about historical idealism and partial progress, (II) a political logic indicating that the classroom practices are unsettled when students establish temporal equivalence between past and present us-and-them relationships, and (III) a fantasmatic logic showing that teachers and students become ideologically invested in said practices through narratives emphasizing the need to prevent the repetition of past injustices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2019. no 1, p. 132-155
Keywords [en]
HISTORY DIDACTICS, CLASSROOM PRACTICE, POLITICAL DIMENSION, LOGICS
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Didactics
Research subject
History; Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-73988OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-73988DiVA, id: diva2:1313102
Available from: 2019-05-02 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-09-18Bibliographically approved
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1. Om historieämnets politiska dimension: diskursiva logiker i didaktisk praktik
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Om historieämnets politiska dimension: diskursiva logiker i didaktisk praktik
2019 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Today, history education is often a contested issue over which political frontiers are drawn between adversaries advocating fundamentally different visions of what constitutes a desirable curriculum and, by extension, a desirable society. At present, this dimension is in need of increased attention, considering that populist rhetoric has gained a foothold in mainstream politics and that history, as a school subject, continues to serve the purpose of constituting “the people”, often in national and ethnic terms. Against this background, the aim of this thesis is to comprehensively grasp the political dimension of history education by conducting methodological, empirical and theoretical investigations.

The thesis draws on the pragmatist philosophy of democratic education as well as on post-structuralist theories of history, antagonism and populism. Methodologically, the thesis make use of the logics of critical explanation framework (LCE) to empirically explore how history classroom practices as well as contemporary right-wing populist discourse operate.

The results show that the LCE methodology constitutes a viable analytical vocabulary for generating knowledge of the political dimension of history education. Furthermore, the thesis offers empirical knowledge about how and why practices of history education are interchangeably politicised and rendered stable by teachers, students and members of the public. Theoretically, populism, as a discursive logic, is criticised and then reconceptualised into an educative mode by which history teaching practices can be enacted. Collectively, the results provide a comprehensive understanding of the political dimension of history education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro University, 2019. p. 122
Series
Örebro Studies in Education, ISSN 1404-9570 ; 60
Series
Örebro Studies in Educational Sciences with an Emphasis on Didactics ; 19
Keywords
History Education, History Didactics, History Wars, Classroom Practice, Political Discourse Theory, Logics, Populism
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-75192 (URN)978-91-7529-300-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-10-11, Örebro universitet, Prismahuset, Hörsal P1, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2019-07-22 Created: 2019-07-22 Last updated: 2019-09-23Bibliographically approved

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