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Newly arrived vocational students’ situation in life and at school: Understanding teacher stories through Foucault’s power and counter-power
Karlstads Universitetet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7252-9657
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT. (HUPP)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4817-0135
2022 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Vocations in Development, E-ISSN 2464-4153, Vol. 7, no 7, p. 103-122Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates prominent themes about newly arrived immigrant students’ situation in life and at school as reflected in interviews with four teachers in a vocational upper secondary school located in a Swedish city suburb dominated by residents with immigrant background. Foucault’s concept of power and counter-power as well as Riessman’s narrative analysis are used to discuss and analyse the interviewed teachers’ descriptions. The results highlight the power and counter-power mechanisms involved in the discrepancy between well-behaved and ambitious immigrant students and the media representations of the students' housing area as criminal. The study also points to the power and counter-power relations between certain immigrant student groups with strong solidarity and other non-belonging students. There is also a power and counter-power dynamic between authorities making decisions affecting the immigrant students' life situation and resistance to these decisions. The study contributes valuable information of the mechanisms involved in the lives of newly arrived immigrant young students in Sweden, with possible relevance to similar contexts in other Nordic and European countries. 

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Oslo, 2022. Vol. 7, no 7, p. 103-122
Keywords [en]
Power, Counter-power, Newly arrived immigrant students, Vocational upper secondary school, Foucault, Narrative research
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Pedagogical Work
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Teacher Education and Education Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-28485DOI: 10.7577/sjvd.4593OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-28485DiVA, id: diva2:1692884
Available from: 2022-09-05 Created: 2022-09-05 Last updated: 2023-03-23Bibliographically approved

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