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In the grey zone of free speech: a study of local policy documents against xenophobia in school
Örebro University, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0481-1586
2008 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The problem of living together gives school a communicative and democratic task – to live democracy. In the Swedish national curriculum (Lpo/Lpf 94) democracy is a central concept, that regulates the values the school should promote, but it also supports the idea of free speech for pupils. The occurrence of xenophobic expressions in schools presents to the democratic task a specific challenge: How can schools respond to xenophobic expressions in relation to free speech and the right not to be violated in school?

This paper focuses on three local policy-documents that regulate how staff in school should respond to xenophobic expressions. The theoretical approaches are based on the tension between free speech and human inviolability, and philosophy of communication by Jürgen Habermas and Moira von Wright. My purpose related reading focuses on three questions: 1) How do the documents define the content in xenophobia, 2) what or/and who is the xenophobic and the xenon (the foreigner) in the documents, and 3) in which way do the documents prescribe how to respond to xenophobic expressions? Finally, I discuss what possible consequences different way of thinking can have for how to look upon teachers’ assignment and limitations in the grey zone of free speech.

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2008.
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Pedagogy Social Sciences
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-3359OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-3359DiVA, id: diva2:137656
Conference
Nordic Educational Research (NERA) March 2008 Köpenhamn, Empirical Research on Value Issues in Education (Network 7)
Available from: 2008-12-02 Created: 2008-12-02 Last updated: 2019-04-05Bibliographically approved

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