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ERIC Number: ED427986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 17
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Accessible to Each and Everyone? Meritocracy and Social Justice in Swedish Education 1800-1960.
Johansson, Ulla
This paper analyzes the relationships among education, meritocracy, and social justice in Sweden. The study identifies reasons for restricted access to grammar schools that, at certain times, have dominated the Swedish discourse concerning the relationship between education and social justice. Social justice and the legitimacy of power during the 19th century are discussed. A description is given to explain how a school system was constructed according to principles which were regarded as impartial, even though it was disadvantageous for the vast majority of the people. The second part of the paper discusses the following questions: (1) How did the teachers define a true or "normal" grammar school student? (2) What social groups were thereby excluded explicitly or implicitly? and (3) What meanings of social justice were embedded in the teachers' discourse? (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden