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Social, Spatial and Material Conditions for Mattering : Newly Arrived Young Migrants’ Possibilities to Matter in Everyday Life in a Swedish School

Authors
  • Lögdberg, Ulrika
  • Öhlander, Magnus
  • Lindgren, Eva-Carin
  • Nilsson, Bo
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2024
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/11033088231220233
OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-53260
Source
DiVA - Academic Archive On-line
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Language
English
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Green
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Abstract

Mattering as a central part of well-being has not been studied in the context of newly arrived young migrants in Swedish schools. Neither have studies on mattering included material and spatial conditions. This article draws on data collected from ethnographic fieldwork to address this. The theoretical contribution is based on the combination of the concept of mattering with Ahmed’s feminist and postcolonial theory of orientation and a critical view of lived experience as social and bodily orientation devices. Combining these theoretical frameworks, we explore social, spatial and material conditions for mattering in newly arrived youths’ everyday school lives. The overall outcome of our analysis illustrates that mattering is not only a question of social relations but also related to spatial and material dimensions. A conclusion is that Swedishness as an unspoken norm of whiteness is ‘built into the walls’ of Swedish schools and that (in)directly discriminates newly arrived young migrants.

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