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Här är alla lika!: Jämlikhetsideologi och konstruktionen av den "Andre" i media och skola

Journal article
Authors Rickard Jonsson
Tommaso M. Milani
Published in Utbildning och Demokrati
Volume 18
Issue 2
Pages 67-86
ISSN 1102-6472
Publication year 2009
Published at
Pages 67-86
Language sv
Keywords identity, ideology, media discourse, classroom talk, migration, multilingualism.
Subject categories Educational Sciences, Pedagogy, Specific Languages, Languages and Literature


Here we’re all equal! The ideology of equality and the construc- tion of ‘Otherness’ in media and educational settings. The focus of this article lies on the question of how linguistic diversity is talked about and dealt with in contemporary Sweden. More specifically, we examine media utterances which target the linguistic practices of young men who are perceived as “non-Swedish”. We also investigate the ways in which these young men who are the object of media attention actually use language in the classroom. The key argument of the article is that media utterances and classroom interactions have a common denominator: they are underpinned by a shared discursive constraint – a well-established ideology of equality, according to which individuals should be treated as equal irrespective of their social, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Our aim is to show the ways in which this ideology is normative insofar as it defines the discursive condi- tions for the creation of boundaries between “Us” and “Them”.

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