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ERIC Number: EJ1179367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Maneuvering Suspicions of Being a Potential Pedophile: Experiences of Male ECEC-Workers in Sweden
Eidevald, Christian; Bergström, Helena; Broström, Anna Westberg
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v26 n3 p407-417 2018
Previous research has described a discourse where men working within Early Childhood Education and Care are viewed as potential pedophiles. The aim of this study is to describe and analyze how men, working in Swedish preschools, position themselves in relation to this "pedophile discourse." Twenty-five men were interviewed about their work-experiences and the result shows two dominating positions: (1) giving up or (2) maneuvering the "pedophile discourse." The discourse is maneuvered by: avoiding certain tasks, do the tasks but in ways that minimize suspicion or do the tasks without acknowledging the personal risk, as the tasks are required in their professional role. Thereby, men do not have the same ability to develop "professionalism" in childcare as women. However, by "overcoming" the fear of the "pedophile discourse," these men create 'new discourses', where men "can" be viewed as caregivers. The result highlights an overall question, of what a professional approach is when it comes to care for children in ECEC.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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