ERIC Number: EJ1062831
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Ambiguous Spaces for Troubled Youth: Home, Therapeutic Institution or School?
Severinsson, Susanne; Nord, Catharina; Reimers, Eva
Pedagogy, Culture and Society, v23 n2 p245-264 2015
In Sweden and elsewhere, students permanently excluded from school are removed from their local environment, and sometimes their parental home, and moved to a rural residential care home. Thus "home" and "school" are clearly considered places where problems exist, but it is the young people themselves who are scrutinised and subjected to change. This study examined how the change of place and the performance of the alternative "home" and alternative "school" affected student adjustment. It also explored the significance of place in these measures and questioned how possibilities for agency and subjectivities are produced. The work comprised an ethnographic study of two residential care homes for troubled youth (aged 12-15). The results show how complex assemblages produce opportunities and limitations for care and education and how location and buildings partake in the constitution of possible subjectivities and agency. The analysis, inspired by actor-network theory, captured mobility and flow, an important aspect when studying complexity. The analytical approach used enabled the complex arrangements for disadvantaged teenagers to be studied in terms of social interactions, but also of materiality.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Residential Programs, Residential Care, Environmental Influences, Nontraditional Education, Student Adjustment, Ethnography, Adolescents, Behavior Problems, Observation, Interviews, Video Technology, Intervention, Program Effectiveness, Buildings, Educational Environment, Space Utilization
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden