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After the Century of the Child: Swedish Education and the Transformation of the Role of the Child
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Children, Youth and Society (BUS).
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Children, Youth and Society (BUS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1632-0805
2019 (English)In: Contextualizing Childhoods: Growing Up in Europe and North America / [ed] Sam Frankel, Sally McNamee, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, p. 39-61Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this chapter is to describe some fundamental developments within Swedish educational policy focusing especially on the idea of educational individualization as a way of placing the child at the center of the educational activity and thereby as a vital agent in the construction of a more equal and just society. We argue that these historical trends, coupled with the neo-liberal influences within contemporary educational policies, have created a strong discourse of childhood within Swedish society, centered on the concept of ‘the competent child’. However, contemporary neo-liberal transformations of the idea of educational individualization have far-reaching consequences in terms of what competencies children are to develop as well as for the overall relationship between the state and the individual in Sweden.

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. p. 39-61
Keywords [en]
Childhood, Education, The competent child, Individualization
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-9828DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-94926-0_3Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85063778483Local ID: 26733ISBN: 978-3-319-94925-3 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-94926-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-9828DiVA, id: diva2:1406860
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2024-06-11Bibliographically approved

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