Danishness and the Construction of the Other: A Postmodern School-Ethnography of Dispair, Distrust and Desire

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Abstract

Based oin ethnographuc studies of youth and school the article analyses constructions of Danishness as they take place in an around an educaitonal setting that sees itself as democratic, humanistic and oriented towards the global. I demonstrate how efforts of inclusion turn into its opposite positioning 'Danes' as superior to young people with an ethnic background ofher that Danish. The theoretical framework is informed by postmodern methodologies (Maclure 2006), Popkewitz's studies of cosmopolitanism and education (Popkewitz 2008) and Baudrillard's theory of the other (Baudrillard 2001)

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHeterogeneity : General Didactics Meets the Stranger
EditorsTobias Werler
Place of PublicationMünster
PublisherWaxmann Verlag
Publication date17 Feb 2012
Pages35-55
ISBN (Print)978-3-8309-2609-2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2012
SeriesTransformation of education - European perspectives
Number1
ISSN2193-6161

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Madsen, U. A. (2012). Danishness and the Construction of the Other: A Postmodern School-Ethnography of Dispair, Distrust and Desire. In T. Werler (Ed.), Heterogeneity: General Didactics Meets the Stranger (pp. 35-55). Waxmann Verlag. Transformation of education - European perspectives, No. 1