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Mutual Rejection: an Ethnography of Social Science at a Swedish Elite School
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Society, Culture and Identity (SKI). Malmö University, Disciplinary literacy and inclusive teaching.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2806-4404
2021 (English)In: Journal of Social Science Education, E-ISSN 1618-5293, Vol. 20, no 4, p. 29-47Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]
  • At an elite school in Sweden, social science education contradicts the ideals of democratic education.
  • Micro-power actions change when students outperform their teacher’s subject knowledge.
  • Micro-interactional power is expressed by recognition and misrecognition in the classroom.
  • As an observer in the elite school, one simultaneously becomes loud and invisible.
  • Further ethnographic “studies up from below” are needed in social science education.

Purpose: This paper offers insights into the dynamic of misrecognition in an elite school. It presents new findings on micro-interactional power relations in the classroom and argues for additional ethnographies of social science education in elite schools.

Methodology: This paper uses anethnographic method. Its research employs the observational position of a “belonging stranger” is put forward in contrast to the idea of “going native”. The focus is on the power of micro-interaction.

Findings: A key empirical finding is the change in power relations that occurs when students outrank their social science teacher in subject knowledge.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bielefeld: Bielefeld University , 2021. Vol. 20, no 4, p. 29-47
Keywords [en]
social science education, classroom ethnography, micro-interaction, power, elite school, recognition and misrecognition, Goffman
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Sociology Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-49957DOI: 10.11576/jsse-4459Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85125570618OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-49957DiVA, id: diva2:1635468
Available from: 2022-02-07 Created: 2022-02-07 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved

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