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Bukhori, A., Surian, A. & von Brömssen, K. (2024). An Analysis of Curricula and Discourses of Religious Literacy in Three National Contexts. In: Daniel Enstedt, Karin K. Flensner, Wilhelm Kardemark (Ed.), Religious Literacy in Secular Religious Education: Nordic Perspectives and Beyond (pp. 215-236). Münster: Waxmann Verlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An Analysis of Curricula and Discourses of Religious Literacy in Three National Contexts
2024 (English)In: Religious Literacy in Secular Religious Education: Nordic Perspectives and Beyond / [ed] Daniel Enstedt, Karin K. Flensner, Wilhelm Kardemark, Münster: Waxmann Verlag, 2024, p. 215-236Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Book abstract:

In this volume, questions are addressed revolving around religious literacy and education. The term religious literacy is explored as the ability to discern and analyze intersections of religion with social, political, and cultural life in pluralistic societies. Questions about what types of religious literacies are possible in a non-confessional, and even secular, educational context are in focus. It delves into the intricate relationship between religious literacy, religious education in the Nordic countries, and the development of subject knowledge and generic abilities. The Nordic countries, as modern secular welfare states with shared characteristics, provide an intriguing framework for comparison. The exploration of variations in the organization, content, and goals of religious education in Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden sheds light on the process of shaping educational content within specific historical and societal contexts and the anthology broadens its scope by incorporating global perspectives from the Indian, Italian, and Indonesian contexts.

The volume features contributions from 18 researchers who explore empirical, methodological, and theoretical aspects of religious literacy and education. The concept of religious literacy, encompassing both knowledge and generic skills, proves to be indispensable for navigating the diverse religious and non-religious worldviews present in pluralistic societies.

Tailored for students, educators, education researchers, and policymakers, this anthology contributes to the ongoing discourse on religious literacy. It not only provides valuable insights into the Nordic educational landscape but also fosters a global dialogue on the crucial role of education in understanding diverse worldviews.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Münster: Waxmann Verlag, 2024
Series
Religious Diversity and Education in Europe ; 46
Keywords
religious literacy
National Category
Religious Studies Didactics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-21384 (URN)9783830947523 (ISBN)9783830997528 (ISBN)
Available from: 2024-03-12 Created: 2024-03-12 Last updated: 2024-03-12
von Brömssen, K., Roxberg, Å. & Werkander Harstäde, C. (2024). Space and place for health and care: Nationalist discourses in Swedish daily press during the first year of COVID-19. Heliyon, 10(7), e27858-e27858, Article ID e27858.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Space and place for health and care: Nationalist discourses in Swedish daily press during the first year of COVID-19
2024 (English)In: Heliyon, ISSN 2405-8440, Vol. 10, no 7, p. e27858-e27858, article id e27858Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Sweden’s strategy during COVID-19 with restrictions but no firm closure of the society surprised the rest of the world and was questioned, not least by neighbouring countries. This article analyses public discourses on space and place for health and care in the Swedish daily press during the first year of the pandemic, 2020. Critical discourse analysis was conducted on daily press newspaper articles to approach issues of space, place, health and care during the COVID-10 pandemic.

The findings suggest three main discourses. First, a powerful discourse on unity against the threat is articulated, urging citizens in Sweden to be loyal in the national space. Secondly, an affirming national reconstructing discourse is manifested, related to constructions of borders of national space but also in relation to places of family life and social contacts to ‘flatten the curve’ and stay healthy. Thirdly, later in the period the overarching discourse of the nation and its loyal citizens was torn apart and increasing tensions were articulated due to, as it appeared, the uncertain actions from the government.

This study adds to the literature on a theoretical and practical level. Raising awareness on nationalist discourses in relation to place, space, health, and care could prove important in combating inequalities in the local society as well as when cooperating on an international level.

Keywords
COVID-19 Critical discourse analysis Health Nationalism Place Space Sweden
National Category
Other Health Sciences Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-21438 (URN)10.1016/j.heliyon.2024.e27858 (DOI)
Note

CC BY 4.0

Available from: 2024-03-28 Created: 2024-03-28 Last updated: 2024-03-28
von Brömssen, K., Milani, T., Spehar, A. & Bauer, S. (2023). Civic Orientation Courses for Newly Arrived Adult Migrants: Becoming the Other in a (Neo)-nationalistic Sweden?. In: : . Paper presented at The European Conference on Educational Research ECER, Glasgow, 22 - 25 August 2023 (pp. 1-1).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Civic Orientation Courses for Newly Arrived Adult Migrants: Becoming the Other in a (Neo)-nationalistic Sweden?
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

International migration is, as argued by de Haas, Castles and Miller (2020) one of the most emotive issues of our times, raising intense feelings in relation to national identity and belonging, as well as security issues. Since long back, integration of newly arrived migrants has been a debated issue and courses for newly arrived adult migrants have been offered, most building on learning the language of the new country. However, since the beginning of the 21st century, courses with the aim of strengthening and transmitting the new countries’ norms and values have been increasingly introduced and has become one of the dominant migrant integration policies in Western Europe (Heinemann, 2017; Joppke, 2007). This paper aims to bring empirically based knowledge in this educational field, building on participant observations in civic orientation classes for newly arrived adult migrants in Sweden (see von Brömssen et al., 2022; Milani et al., 2021). This case study explores the overarching constructed discourse about the Other through language, pronoun patterns and the attribution of positive and negative judgements about society and ways of living and being (Statham, 2022).

The overarching discourse constructs Sweden as a “success story” where most things are arranged and regulated (Hirdman, 2000) by the Swedish state and its welfare systems. We will present this overall structured nationalist discourse by drawing on examples from interactions about nature, religion and education in the civic orientation classes. This research is particularly relevant at this historical juncture because such educational initiatives have become tied to citizenship requirements (Borevi, Jensen & Mouritsen, 2017; Larin, 2020). This is also the case in Sweden where the neo-nationalist “Tidö-agreement” signed by the newly elected government states that civic orientation and knowledge of Swedish will become legal requirements for permanent residence and Swedish citizenship. We argue in this paper that civic orientation courses for newly arrived migrants reproduce an overarching discourse about the Other, which is embedded in nationalist and neo-nationalist sentiments and hardly can contribute to integration into the Swedish society. 

Keywords
Adult migrants, Sweden
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-20896 (URN)
Conference
The European Conference on Educational Research ECER, Glasgow, 22 - 25 August 2023
Available from: 2023-11-02 Created: 2023-11-02 Last updated: 2024-01-11Bibliographically approved
Bauer, S., Milani, T. M., von Brömssen, K. & Spehar, A. (2023). Constructing the “Good Citizen”: Discourses of Social Inclusion in Swedish Civic Orientation. Social Inclusion, 11(4), 121-131
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Constructing the “Good Citizen”: Discourses of Social Inclusion in Swedish Civic Orientation
2023 (English)In: Social Inclusion, E-ISSN 2183-2803, Vol. 11, no 4, p. 121-131Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sweden has long been described as a beacon of multiculturalism and generous access to citizenship, with integration policies that seek to offer free and equal access to the welfare state. In this article, we use the policy of Civic Orientation for Newly Arrived Migrants as a case with which to understand how migrants’ inclusion is discursively articulated and constructed by the different constituencies involved in interpreting the policy and organising and teaching the course. We do this by employing Foucault’s closely interrelated concepts of technology of self, political technology of individuals, and governmentality. With the help of critical discourse analysis, we illustrate how migrants’ inclusion is framed around an opposition between an idealised “good citizen” and a “target population” (Schneider & Ingram, 1993). In our analysis, we draw on individual interviews with 14 people involved in organising civic orientation and on classroom observations of six civic orientation courses. Firstly, we show how migrants are constructed as unknowing and in need of being fostered by the state. Secondly, we illustrate how social inclusion is presented as being dependent upon labour market participation, both in terms of finding work and in terms of behaving correctly in the workplace. Lastly, we show how migrant women are constructed as being problematically chained to the home and therefore needing to subject themselves to a specific political technology of self to be included.

Keywords
citizenship; civic orientation; critical discourse analysis; Foucault; migration
National Category
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-20803 (URN)10.17645/si.v11i4.7060 (DOI)001089851100013 ()2-s2.0-85175197896 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2018–04091
Note

This article is part of the issue “Adult Migrants’ Language Learning, Labour Market, and Social Inclusion” edited by Andreas Fejes (Linköping University) and Magnus Dahlstedt (Linköping University). 

CC-BY 4.0

Available from: 2023-09-20 Created: 2023-09-20 Last updated: 2024-04-10
von Brömssen, K., Flensner, K. K., Korp, H. & Risenfors, S. (2023). Emergency Education’ in Sweden: Implications for Sustainable Development through Education for Newly Arrived Students. Ethiopian Journal of Teacher Education and Leadership, 1(1), 55-79, Article ID 01010422.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Emergency Education’ in Sweden: Implications for Sustainable Development through Education for Newly Arrived Students
2023 (English)In: Ethiopian Journal of Teacher Education and Leadership, ISSN 2959-1783, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 55-79, article id 01010422Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article reports part of a research project that investigated the learning and social inclusion conditions of ‘newly arrived students’ in Swedish primary schools in two municipalities. Newly arrived students are the category of students who have lived abroad and started their education in Sweden when they were seven years old or older within the last four years. Most of these children and youth have a history of migration. This article focuses firstly on the Swedish migration context, the ‘migration crisis’ in 2015 and the changes in the Swedish reception system that took place soon thereafter and, second, ethnographic observations from Primary Schools of two specific perspectives in education, namely a perspective on ‘Framing of the day and the lesson’ and ‘Study tutoring in the mother tongue in regular teaching’. The results indicated that strong supporting structures and structured social interaction are needed as well as caring and empathy on the part of teachers to promote learning and social inclusion of newly arrived students are required. Furthermore, study tutoring in the mother tongue in regular teaching seems to be important while the study tutors’ view of their mission varies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
EJTEL - Ethiopian Journals online / Addis Ababa University, 2023
Keywords
education in emergencies, Sweden, migration, ‘newly arrived children and youth’, reception system, teaching
National Category
Pedagogical Work Social Work
Research subject
Child and Youth studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-19970 (URN)10.20372/ejtel.v1i1.7639 (DOI)
Note

This Open Access journal is newly started (2022). Kerstin von Brömssen is on the advisory board. CC BY 4.0

Available from: 2023-11-27 Created: 2023-11-27 Last updated: 2024-04-10
Bauer, S., Milani, T. M., von Brömssen, K. & Spehar, A. (2023). Gender equality in the name of the state: state feminism or femonationalism in civic orientation for newly arrived migrants in Sweden?. Critical Discourse Studies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gender equality in the name of the state: state feminism or femonationalism in civic orientation for newly arrived migrants in Sweden?
2023 (English)In: Critical Discourse Studies, ISSN 1740-5904, E-ISSN 1740-5912Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article contributes to ongoing discussions in the social sciences about how to interpret the incorporation of gender equality into integration policies–is it a form of state feminism or femonationalism? Drawing upon intersectionality, we analyse how gender equality is presented, discussed and negotiated in relation to ethnicity and nationality in Sweden. Methodologically, we employ a bifocal lens that combines (1) a quantitative investigation of representations of civic orientation programmes in Swedish policy documents and mainstream media, and (2) a qualitative analysis of ethnographic data collected in six civic orientation courses–three in English and three in Arabic–in three large municipalities. Such a two-pronged approach, which connects policy and media discourses with interactions in civic orientation classes, offers a granular picture of the complex and often ambivalent intersections of ethnicity and gender in relation to migration in Sweden. Ultimately, the co-optation of feminist values brings with it the risk of warping feminism into a trait of national/ethnic distinctiveness. Crucially, femonationalism is not the prerogative of far-right parties but is already becoming institutionalised, informing both mainstream media and educational practices in a feminist state like Sweden

Keywords
femonationalism; Intersectionality; migration; state feminism; Sweden
National Category
Gender Studies International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-20694 (URN)10.1080/17405904.2023.2228933 (DOI)001015982900001 ()2-s2.0-85163560502 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2018-04091
Note

CC BY 4.0

Available from: 2023-12-29 Created: 2023-12-29 Last updated: 2024-01-15
Franck, O., Osbeck, C. & von Brömssen, K. (2023). Inledning (2.ed.). In: Olof Franck, Christina Osbeck, Kerstin von Brömssen (Ed.), Religioner, livsåskådningar och etik: För lärare 4-9 och gymnasiet. Läromedel (pp. 13-16). Gleerups
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Inledning
2023 (Swedish)In: Religioner, livsåskådningar och etik: För lärare 4-9 och gymnasiet. Läromedel / [ed] Olof Franck, Christina Osbeck, Kerstin von Brömssen, Gleerups , 2023, 2., p. 13-16Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gleerups, 2023 Edition: 2.
Keywords
etik, religionsundervisning, gymnasiet, mellanstadiet
National Category
Ethics Pedagogical Work
Research subject
Child and Youth studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-20396 (URN)9789151109169 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-07-05 Created: 2023-07-05 Last updated: 2024-01-10Bibliographically approved
von Brömssen, K. & Gregorc Lööv, H. (2023). Internationalisering som kunskapsbidrag inom lärarutbildning. In: Abstracts för Decemberkonferensen: . Paper presented at Decemberkonferensen Institutionen för individ och samhälle 13 december 2023, Trollhättan, Sweden (pp. 1-1). Trollhättan: Högskolan Väst
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Internationalisering som kunskapsbidrag inom lärarutbildning
2023 (Swedish)In: Abstracts för Decemberkonferensen, Trollhättan: Högskolan Väst , 2023, p. 1-1Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Ett internationaliseringsperspektiv är inbyggt i allt forskningsarbete där strategier, metoder och resultat jämförs, kontrasteras och belyses, ibland med hjälp av nationella gränsdragningar, ibland genom ett totalt överskridande av sådana gränser. Presentationerna i denna session belyser och problematiserar perspektiv inom forskning som på olika sätt undersöker ”internationalisering” och konsekvenser av internationalisering och som bidrar med kunskap för lärarutbildning. Presentationerna kommer att utgå från tre artiklar för att därefter diskutera forskningsidéer för vidare internationella samarbeten inom institutionen I & S.

De tre artiklar som inledningsvis används för att belysa utbildningsvetenskaplig forskning med ett internationaliseringsperspektiv är:

Abraham, G. Y. & von Brömssen, K. (2018) Internationalisation in teacher education: student teachers’ reflections on experiences from a field study in South Africa, Education Inquiry, 9:4, 347-362, DOI: 10.1080/20004508.2018.1428035.

Jones, E., Leaske, B., Brandenburg, U., & Wit, H. (2021). Global Social Responsibility and the Internnationalistion of Higher Education for Society. Journal of Studies in International Education, Vol. 25 (4), 330-347. DOI:10.11177/10283153211031679

Li, H. & Costa, C. (2023) Internationalising teacher education at home: developing empathy through the sense of otherness in language learning, European Journal of Teacher Education, DOI: 10.1080/02619768.2023.2259082

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trollhättan: Högskolan Väst, 2023
Keywords
internationalisering, lärarutbildning
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-21127 (URN)
Conference
Decemberkonferensen Institutionen för individ och samhälle 13 december 2023, Trollhättan, Sweden
Available from: 2023-12-21 Created: 2023-12-21 Last updated: 2024-03-20Bibliographically approved
Bauer, S., von Brömssen, K., Milani, T. M. & Spehar, A. (2023). Locating Sweden in Time and Space: National Chronotopes in Civic Orientation for Adult Migrants. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 13(1), 1-17
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Locating Sweden in Time and Space: National Chronotopes in Civic Orientation for Adult Migrants
2023 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Migration Research, E-ISSN 1799-649X, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 1-17Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to use courses in civic orientation for newly arrivedadult migrants in Sweden as the empirical entry point from which toinvestigate whether, and if so, how, civic values are tied to the Swedish nationthrough specific discourses and narratives. With the help of a frameworkthat brings together theorisations of the discursive construction of thenation with the notions of the chronotope and ‘social narratives’, the articledemonstrates how narratives within civic orientation are characterised byspecific spatio-temporal moves that discursively construct Sweden as anation-state. Such national chronotopes are not innocuous but are part of arhetoric of nationalism that constructs a linear and comprehensive story ofprosperity and superiority, not least vis-à-vis some other geographical areasin the world. As such, the analysis seeks to contribute to the burgeoningscholarship on civic orientation programmes by offering further empiricalevidence of the shapes such programmes take, and how civic values becomenationalised. With the help of the notion of the chronotope, the article alsoseeks to add some fresh perspectives to scholarship on nationalism andothering by showing mundane spatio-temporal moves in the production of a‘national imaginary’ (Calhoun 2017).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Helsinki University Press, 2023
Keywords
Newly arrived migrants; Social integration; Adult education; Civic orientation courses; Sweden; Nationalism
National Category
Social Work Learning
Research subject
Child and Youth studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-19968 (URN)10.33134/njmr.489 (DOI)001025571900001 ()2-s2.0-85161115482 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2018-04091
Available from: 2023-05-11 Created: 2023-05-11 Last updated: 2024-04-10
von Brömssen, K. (2023). Negotiating religion in civic orientation courses in Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at The Organizing Migration and Integration in Contemporary Societies Conference (OMICS), Gothenburg, Sweden, on 22-24 November 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Negotiating religion in civic orientation courses in Sweden
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Keywords
migrants, religion, adults, civic orientation, Sweden
National Category
Social Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-21164 (URN)
Conference
The Organizing Migration and Integration in Contemporary Societies Conference (OMICS), Gothenburg, Sweden, on 22-24 November 2023
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2018 - 04091
Available from: 2024-01-11 Created: 2024-01-11 Last updated: 2024-01-11
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