Nytt! Seminarium: "Read All About It": Socially Unjust Newspaper Discourses and At-Risk Students in Sweden."

  • Datum: –17.00
  • Plats: Thunbergsvägen 3C 22-1017, Hus 22. Engelska parken, Uppsala universitet
  • Föreläsare: Lory Janelle Dance. Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).
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  • Arrangör: Centrum för Mångvetenskaplig Forskning om Rasism (CEMFOR)
  • Kontaktperson: Jeannette Escanilla
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Abstract: The children of immigrants in Western Nations face educational inequities including placement in lower tracks, residence in segregated communities, and enrollment in inferior schools (Alba et al. 2011). This paper illuminates another inequity: Dehumanizing media representations. Using the theoretical frames and methodological approaches of Critical Discourse Analysis, this paper reports findings from over 1300 articles about a low-income urban area in Sweden, published from 2005 to 2011 in The Gothenburg Post. The authors demonstrate how the children of low status immigrants are demeaned via discourses of “difference, deviance, and threat” (van Dijk 2002) and Social Death (Cacho 2012). The authors conclude that dehumanizing newspaper discourses are among the main obstructions thwarting high educational achievements for the children of low status immigrants in Western Nations.

Lory Janelle Dance, an Associate Professor of Sociology & Ethnic Studies at UNL, since 2009, has also been a Visiting Senior Researcher at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University (Sweden). Recent article: Performativity Pressures at Urban Schools in Sweden & New York (Ethnography & Education 2014). Book-in-progress: Gone With the Neo-Liberal Wind: Minority Teens, School Reform, & Urban Change in Sweden & the U.S. Established cross-national symposia using poetry to engage urban youths in empowering dialogues www.streetposia.org.