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Youths with migration backgrounds and their experiences of physical education: An examination of three cases
University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3918-7904
University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
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2014 (English)In: Sport, Education and Society, ISSN 1357-3322, E-ISSN 1470-1243, Vol. 19, no 2, p. 186-203Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

While understanding young people has never been easy, migration trends make it increasingly difficult. Many classrooms have become culturally heterogeneous and teachers are often faced with pupils with diverse linguistic and cultural heritages. Current scholarship suggests that as a discipline, physical education has not adapted to this diversity. In fact, commentators have suggested that physical education alienates pupils from minority groups and that traditional practices work to maintain cultural difference. The broad objective of this paper is to provide insights into how physical education intersects with biographies shaped by migration. Drawing from a case study investigation, this paper presents interview data from three youths with migration backgrounds living in a German-speaking region of Switzerland. The cases were selected because they highlight various ways in which physical education (PE) comes to make sense for adolescents. The key arguments that we develop are that ethnicity often works at an implicit level in PE, that young people experience the effects of migration backgrounds in diverse ways, and that migrants themselves support official educational discourses that work to disadvantage people with migration backgrounds. A key implication is that in a cultural milieu in which generalisations are normal and sometimes considered desirable, both researchers and practitioners need to be wary of racialising discourses. As an alternative, it is suggested that focusing on individual processes can improve the conceptualisation and implementation of physical education pedagogies.

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Routledge, 2014. Vol. 19, no 2, p. 186-203
Keywords [en]
Critical race theory, Cultural difference, Ethnicity, Minority, Subject position
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-73074DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2011.632627ISI: 000330102900005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84893078122OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-73074DiVA, id: diva2:1295104
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Funding agency: Swiss National Science Foundation (grant number 100017-120380)

Available from: 2019-03-10 Created: 2019-03-10 Last updated: 2019-04-08Bibliographically approved

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