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Can Multicultural Urban Schools in Sweden Survive Freedom of Choice Policy?

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  • Bunar, Nihad

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    (Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS)

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    The aim of this article is to describe and analyze how a number of multicultural urban schools in the Swedish cities of Stockholm and Malmö identify, understand and respond to the competition they have been exposed to on the emerging educational quasi-market. Based on interviews with school leaders and research on a wide range of secondary literature it is possible to identify three types of competitors: “white” schools, ordinary and religious/ethnic free schools and neighboring multicultural schools. The responding strategies vary from the logic of resignation and condemnation of parents for making “wrong” choices to a critical redefinition of pedagogical practices towards minority students and the equivocal alliances. I argue that the competition as an exclusive incentive for school development, as proposed by the neoliberal educationalists, only partly has proven its aptitude. If the education system is to maintain its transformative capacity then interventions are needed in the very basis of the structure of inequality that generates social differences; in the way the educational market is organized as well as; in the multicultural urban schools’ daily operations and communications with their local communities.

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    Paper provided by Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS in its series SULCIS Working Papers with number 2009:3.

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    Length: 23 pages
    Date of creation: 04 Feb 2009
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    Publication status: Published as Bunar, Nihad, 'The Controlled School Market and Urban Schools in Sweden' in Journal of School Choice, 2010, pages 47-73.
    Handle: RePEc:hhs:sulcis:2009_003

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    Postal: Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS, Stockholm University, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden
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    Keywords: school choice; multicultural urban schools; competition; resignation;

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    1. Thomas J. Nechyba, 2000. "Mobility, Targeting, and Private-School Vouchers," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 90(1), pages 130-146, March.
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