Egalia - en kønsneutral børnehave

Kasper Nielsen, Laura Teisner Pedersen, Klaus Moseholm & Marie Raasthøj Hansen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


The project takes its point of departure in the case of Swedish kindergarten Egalia. It does so in order to investigate the challenges, which can occur within an institution, when it tries to change the dominating gender discourses in society. The goal of the project is to uncover how Egalia, physically and pedagogically tries to create an environment, which ensures a gender-neutral environment for the children in the institution. The project works with a post-structuralistic approach, inspired by the following three theorist; Michael Foucault, Thomas S. Popkewitz and Judith Butler. The project is situated around interviews and photos, produced by the group when we visited the institution in Sweden. The project concludes, on the premises of its post-structuralistic background, that it is impossible for subjects to go beyond the discourses they themselves are part of. An institution like Egalia will therefore encounter a lot of criticism by society, both global and locally. At the same time the kindergarten teacher’s initiative to ‘liberate’ the children from the dominant discourses, turns out to be as dominating as the dominating discourses, because these initiatives also places the child in certain power relations, which dictates what constitutes the correct behavior, and what constitutes the incorrect behavior for a male or female child.

UddannelserPædagogik og Uddannelsesstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato18 jan. 2012
VejledereUlla Ambrosius Madsen


  • Kønsneutralitet
  • Poststruktualisme