Non-confessional = neutral?: Discourses of religion in contemporary pluralistic Swedish RE-classrooms
2015 (English)In: Paper presented at the Workshop of the EASR Working Group on Religion in Secular Education, March 9-11, 2015, University of Hanover, Germany, 2015Conference paper (Other academic)
My proposal will discuss the scope of neutrality and objectivity in the context of non-confessional integrative RE in the Swedish pluralistic classroom-practice. In the classrooms, individuals who identify with diverse religious and non-religious outlooks of life, with different understanding of what religion and being religious might mean, meet. How does this influence the construction of RE in the classroom-practice? What discourses of religion becomes hegemonic in the classrooms? The proposal is based on findings from participant observation of RE-lessons at three upper secondary schools. Discourse analyses (Howarth, 2000; Laclau & Mouffe, 2001) is used as theoretical and analytical approach. The findings indicates a hegemonic western secular discourse in the classrooms, which influenced the classroom-practice and the talk of religion, specific religious traditions and believers of different faiths. Simultaneously there were a spiritual and a nationalistic discourse of religion that in some respect challenged the hegemonic discourse, but also enforced it.
Howarth, D. (2000). Discourse. Buckingham: Open University Press.
Laclau, E., & Mouffe, C. (2001). Hegemony and socialist strategy : towards a radical democratic politics. London: Verso.
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Research subject Child and Youth studies; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Educational science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-8784OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-8784DiVA: diva2:881975
EASR Working Group on Religion in Secular Education, March 9-11, 2015, University of Hanover, Germany