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The value of poverty: an ethnographic study of a school-community partnership

Journal article
Authors Johannes Lunneblad
Published in Ethnography and Education
Pages 16
ISSN 1745-7823
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Pages 16
Language en
Keywords School-community partnership, neoliberal, education, crime, ethnography, sweden, territories, education, time
Subject categories Educational Sciences


Cooperation and partnerships between schools and public organisations, private companies and non-profit organisations have become a common model as a form of governance for addressing social problems. The aim of this article is to explore the strategies used by professionals to counteract segregation at a school located in a multi-ethnic suburb, using the model of a school-community partnership. The study is based on ethnographic fieldwork and has been analysed from a sociological-narrative perspective. The results show how the partnership examined was designed to address students' low achievement. In order to change this, the officials planned to involve the local community. However, the officials were ambivalent about collaborating with partners in the local community and instead chose to collaborate with established associations and organisations located outside the local community. The school-community partnership thus became a market where private companies and non-profit organisations traded their services to the local district.

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