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Nordic discourses on marginalisation through education.

Journal article
Authors Joron Pihl
Gunilla Holm
Anna-Leena Riitaoja
Jón Ingvar Kjaran
Marie Carlson
Published in Education Inquiry
Volume 9
Issue 1
Pages 22-39
ISSN 2000-4508
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Sociology and Work Science
Pages 22-39
Language en
Keywords Discursive marginalisation; marketisation; Eurocentrism; heteronormativity; ableism
Subject categories Social Sciences Interdisciplinary, Sociology, Educational Sciences


The purpose of this article is analysis of discursive marginalisation through education in Nordic welfare states. What knowledge do Nordic research discourses produce about marginalisation through education in Nordic welfare states? What are the Nordic contribu- tions to research discourses on marginalisation through educa- tion? We apply a discourse theoretical approach and analyse 109 peer-reviewed publications on marginalisation by the Nordic Centre of Excellence “Justice through education in the Nordic countries” (NCoE JustEd) between 2013 and 2017. The publications are from Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. Four critical Nordic research discourses reconceptualise marginalisation in relation to dominant educational discourses on marketisation, Eurocentrism, gender equity and ableism. These Nordic research discourses document discursive effects of the dominant, normalising dis- courses in terms of stigma, segregation and exclusion of poor, working-class students, non-white and immigrant students and descendants of immigrants, as well as sexual minorities and dis- abled students. Based on ethical, epistemological and methodolo- gical considerations, the critical Nordic research discourses produce knowledge about marginalisation as a relational, intersec- tional and interdiscursive phenomenon. The critical Nordic research discourses de- and reconstruct knowledge about margin- alisation in Nordic welfare states.

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