Social Categorisation in a Danish 'Folkeskole'

Sofie Untersee, Anna Odds Jensen, Clara Sofie Graulund Nøhr & Sara Preuss Justesen

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


The purpose of the following paper, is to investigate possible dynamics present within the class 7.X of a Danish ‘Folkeskole’ situated in Copenhagen. Moreover, elements of identity, culture, social life and categories are observed in the class and further analysed. The problem formulation: How are social categories constructed in a Danish ‘Folkeskole’ class and how do they interrelate with the dynamics in the classroom, in regards to inclusion and/or exclusion between the students in both social and educational matters?, opens up for an investigation of these dynamics and elements. This study is therefore founded on observations conducted with the use of ethnography as main approach. With the application of the main theories, the different dynamics were deciphered: Investigating binary oppositions: Danishness and Otherness and Introducing ‘social categories’ as a theoretical term: supporting inclusion and exclusion. The analysis is therefore based on actions and reaction of the students and of the teacher observed. Furthermore, the study discusses how the dynamics in the class might construct and are constructed through categorisations such as ‘Otherness and ‘Danishness’. We will finally discuss and compare how our own presuppositions have affected the result of the fieldwork, and whether it could have been interpreted differently.

Keywords: inclusion, exclusion, minority, majority, the Other, Danishness, bilingualism, categorisation, positioning, Danish school, ethnicity, culture, us versus them.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2017
Antal sider41
VejledereSusanne Jacobsen Perez