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Civic orientation for adult migrants in Sweden: A multimodal critical discourse analysis of Swedish values and norms
Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg.
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4008-0749
Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg.
Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg.
2022 (English)In: Fjortonde nationella konferensen isvenska med didaktisk inriktning: Didaktiska perspektiv på språk oc hlitteratur i en globaliserad värld / [ed] Pia Nygård Larsson, Cecilia Olsson Jers & Magnus Persson, Malmö: Malmö universitet, 2022, p. 57-77Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Drawing upon the analytical techniques of multimodal critical discourse analysis, this article investigates the book About Sweden, an educational materia lemployed in courses on civic orientation for newly arrived migrants. The analysisis informed by the following research questions: (1) What are represented as typically Swedish values and norms in the textbook? (2) How are such norms and values portrayed through written language and visual images? Visually the book relies on specific representations of Swedish nature without people. We argue that such pictures of the Swedish landscape are not ideologically neutral but carry connotations that are historically linked to forms of Swedish nationalism. Moreover, we interpret the lack of people in line with Berggren and Trägårdh (2006) notion of statist individualism (statsindividualism), an ideology according to which a strong interventionist welfare-state is not necessarily incompatible with the maximisation of individual freedom. Our textual analysis illustrates the textual tensions between, on the one hand, the choice of specific norms and values as Swedish, and, on the other hand, aversion towards overt national identity labels. Finally, we illustrate how Swedish values and norms in the textbook are just one link in a longer intertextual chain that connects the book to other policy documents as well as Swedish politicians’ public statements in the context of current debates about migration in Sweden. 

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Malmö: Malmö universitet, 2022. p. 57-77
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Texter om svenska med didaktisk inriktning, ISSN 1651-9132 ; 14
Keywords [en]
Civic orientation, ideology, Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis, nationalism, statist individualism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-18602ISBN: 978-91-7877-284-1 (print)ISBN: 978-91-7877-285-8 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-18602DiVA, id: diva2:1673923
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Didaktiska perspektiv på språk och litteratur i en globaliserad värld; Malmö 18–19 november 2020
Available from: 2022-06-21 Created: 2022-06-21 Last updated: 2022-06-21Bibliographically approved

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