Knowledge about Roma and Travellers in Nordic Schools: Paradoxes, Constraints, and Possibilities

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Roma and Travellers are national minorities in Finland, Sweden, and Norway. To tackle the inequalities these national minorities face in schools, policies and practices that promote the provision of knowledge about Roma and Travellers for the school communities have been implemented. This chapter sets out to investigate the ways in which 18 interviewees—who identify themselves as Roma or Travellers and who work to promote the basic education of these groups—make sense of the measure. The analysis, which draws from feminist post-structural theories in education, suggests that with the knowledge they are providing the interviewees are reacting to forms of racialisation of Roma and Travellers in schools. In addition, the interviewees are challenging dominant narratives of the nations by discussing the relationship between Roma/Travellers and the nation-state. It is argued in the chapter, however, that the underlying assumption in the policy measure is that non-Roma and non-Travellers are not accountable for the racialisation of Roma and Travellers in schools and societies, or for changing the current racialising discourses. This chapter demonstrates that school communities and policymakers should actively analyse power relations within institutions and the narratives that are provided about the nations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUndoing Homogeneity in the Nordic Region : Migration, Difference and the Politics of Solidarity
EditorsSuvi Keskinen, Mari Toivanen, Unnur Dís Skaptadóttir
Number of pages19
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication date17 Jun 2019
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-56427-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-12232-8
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2019
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameStudies in Migration and Diaspora

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences

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