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The Depiction of Crime in School Literature: School as an agent of political socialization
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Political Science.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

School is commissioned by the Swedish National Agency for Education (“Skolverket”)

to impart democratic values, communicate information based on scientific grounds and

encourage students to form personal views. What does this mean when school teaches

about complex societal issues which, when dealt with in real life, are loaded with

ideology and political opinions?

This study places the politically loaded subject of crime in the context of school as an

agent of political socialization. A content analysis is executed of contemporary

literature intended for the teaching of social sciences in Swedish Upper Secondary

School. The questions asked are whether any ideological bias may be observed in the

depiction of crime and if the literature complies with what school should comply with

based on the guidelines issued by the Swedish National Agency for Education. The

analysis is made along a spectrum ranging from the view that crime is mainly

conditioned by society to the view that crime mainly is a matter of individual traits.

Simplified, these ideas correspond to the views of the political left and the political

right respectively.

It is concluded that the literature generally complies with the guidelines but with some

reservations. The ideological center of gravity varies between books. It also stands clear

that different authors make different choices regarding what to include in the limited

space a chapter of a book allows. This may influence the overall impression of the

matter. A final reflection is to which extent school literature should reflect the

mainstream currents in society in relation to the view sustained within academia, in the

case a discrepancy exists.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015.
Keyword [en]
Political science, ideologies, political socialization, school literature, crime
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-18919OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-18919DiVA: diva2:842773
Available from: 2015-07-22 Created: 2015-07-22

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