Equality in the making? Roma and Traveller Minority Policies and Basic Education in Three Nordic Countries

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Abstract

The article examines policies intended to promote the basic education of Roma and Traveller minorities in Finland, Sweden, and Norway by analysing key national Roma and Traveller policy (n = 5) and education policy documents (n = 3). Analysis shows how the Finnish, Swedish, and Norwegian Roma policies translate the general policy aims of improving the social positioning of people identifying as Roma consistently into policy measures responding to the special needs of Roma pupils. These policy measures are validated by problem representations regarding Roma parents and families. All the policies also problematise the relationship between Roma and Traveller cultures and schools. It is argued that the focuses of the current policy measures constrain opportunities for a change in terms of equality.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Educational Research
Volume64
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)52-69
Number of pages18
ISSN0031-3831
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • DIFFERENCE
  • DISCOURSES
  • INCLUSION
  • MULTICULTURALISM
  • POLITICS
  • Roma
  • Travellers
  • basic education policies
  • minority policies
  • 516 Educational sciences

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