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ERIC Number: EJ1117701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1365-4802
Third Space Epistemologies: Ethnicity and Belonging in an "Immigrant"-Dominated Upper Secondary School in Norway
Thomas, Paul; Changezi, Sofie Haug; Enstad, Martin
Improving Schools, v19 n3 p212-228 Nov 2016
This study explores typologies of modes of ethnic boundary-making among upper secondary school students in one school in Oslo, Norway, which has witnessed a seismic shift in its uptake of students who are mainly from non-White or "immigrant" backgrounds. Wimmer's typologies of modes of boundary-making--"contraction" and "blurring"--provide a useful heuristic framework to situate our findings. We employ an ethnographic approach in teasing out the challenges posed by a reconfiguration of majority-minority relations in an increasingly fragmented educational landscape where the elasticity of a discourse of egalitarianism has come under severe strain. Our study covers roughly two and a half school terms. Four classrooms in total--three first year classes and one final year class--have constituted the locus of study (91 students in total). The study finds that the stigma of difference is transvaluated into a discourse of empowerment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway (Oslo)
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