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‘We’re really lucky’: co-creating ‘us’ and ‘the Other’ in school booktalk
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2822-4789
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2005 (English)In: Discourse & Society, ISSN 0957-9265, E-ISSN 1460-3624, Vol. 16, no 5, 719-738 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present paper addresses how ‘Otherness’ is co-construed in booktalk in a Swedish school. The data consist of video-recorded teacher led booktalk sessions, involving small groups of pupils in grades 4–7. Seven of the eight books discussed were – at least partly – set in settings foreign to the present pupils. We found that a basic teacher device for constructing the ‘Other’, was to implicitly or explicitly compare a group of others to the participant children themselves, ‘us Swedish children’, accomplishing ‘Otherness’ by foregrounding differences, setting up a series of implicit or explicit contrasts between ‘them’ and ‘us’ (cf. Dickerson, 2001; Sampson, 1993). Such contrasts concerned: literacy and language skills (Extracts 1–2), ways of ‘sticking together’ (Extracts 3–4), as well as contrasts in terms of the distribution of material educational resources and work demands on children (Extracts 5–8). Moreover, the last extracts also illustrate how pupils co-construct the teachers’ implicit or explicit underlying moral agendas.

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Sage , 2005. Vol. 16, no 5, 719-738 p.
Keyword [en]
booktalk, children’s literature, identity talk, Otherness, reader reception
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-10684DOI: 10.1177/0957926505054943OAI: diva2:17385
Original publication: Discourse & Society, (16), 5, 719-738, 2005, The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Discourse and Society, 16/5, 2005, © SAGE Publications Ltd by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Discourse and Society page: on SAGE Journals Online: from: 2008-01-30 Created: 2008-01-30 Last updated: 2013-09-25

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