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  • 1.
    Aldenmyr, Sara Irisdotter
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Jepson Wigg, Ulrika
    Mälardalen University, Sweden.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Worries and possibilities in active citizenship: Three Swedish educational contexts2012In: Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, ISSN 1746-1979, E-ISSN 1746-1987, Vol. 7, no 3, p. 255-270Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article examines how the concept of active citizenship has been given a neo-liberal character by examining practice in three different educational contexts in Sweden. The concept of active citizenship has become influential in educational policy and practice throughout the European Union. The aim of this article is to highlight concerns at how this concept has come to be re-shaped by neo-liberal principles in Swedish education. The analysis highlights three themes, based on voice, ethical awareness and complexity and mutuality of lived experience, and argues that they provide the basis for a shift away from the present neo-liberal colouring of the concept.

  • 2.
    Andersson, Erik
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. Stockholm University, Centre for Teaching and Learning in the Humanities, Sweden.
    Political Participation as Public Pedagogy: The Educational Situation in Young People’s Political Conversations in Social Media2014In: Journal of Social Science Education, ISSN 1611-9665, E-ISSN 1618-5293, Vol. 13, no 4, p. 110-121Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article we argue that young people’s political participation in the social media can be considered ‘public pedagogy’. The argument builds on a previous empirical analysis of a Swedish net community called Black Heart. Theoretically, the article is based on a particular notion of public pedagogy, education and Hannah Arendt’s expressive agonism. The political participation that takes place in the net community builds up an educational situation that involves central characteristics: communication, community building, a strong content focus and content production, argumentation and rule following. These characteristics pave the way for young people’s public voicing, experiencing, preferences and political interests that guide their everyday political life and learning – a phenomenon that we understand as a form of public pedagogy.

  • 3.
    Dahlstedt, Magnus
    et al.
    Linköpings Universitet.
    Fejes, Andreas
    Linköpings Universitet.
    Nicoll, Katherine
    University of Stirling, Skottland.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Citizen Formation Inside and Outside of School2011In: Inciting the Social Imagination: Education Research for the Public Good, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 4.
    Dahlstedt, Magnus
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet.
    Fejes, Andreas
    Linköpings universitet.
    Olson, Maria
    Högskolan Dalarna.
    Rahm, Lina
    Linköpings universitet.
    Sandberg, Fredrik
    Lunds universitet / Linköpings Universitet.
    Medborgarskapandets paradoxer: Medborgarskapspositioneringar i berättelser om tillhörighet i migrationens tid2017In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 54, no 1-2, p. 31-50Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Paradoxes of citizen formation: Citizenship positioning in stories about belonging in an era of migration:

    This article analyzes the formation of citizenship in today’s multi-ethnic Sweden with a par-ticular focus on how migration renders visible existing citizenship ideals, defined in terms of similarity and difference on the basis of ethno-cultural background. Analysing three individual stories of women who have migrated to Sweden, with different biographies and stories of how they ended up in Sweden, the article focuses on negotiations of the boundaries and contents of citizenship in multi-ethnic Sweden. The point of departure for the analysis is a post-structuralist and discursive approach. In all, the stories address the crucial question of who should be included into the social community and on what conditions – and who should be left out? This particular question is also at the very centre of the political debate in today’s Europe. On the one hand, there are strong arguments about the ’death of multiculturalism’ and demands for new forms of ethno-culturally graduated citizenship – also in Sweden. On the other hand, in Sweden as well as in other European countries, claims for the development of a new and more inclusive societal community have been raised, expanding the rights of citizens to accommodating also those who have been excluded from them

  • 5.
    Dahlstedt, Magnus
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. Stockholms universitet, Högskolan Dalarna.
    Ana's tragedy and Europe's: a contemplation over Romani, belonging and the conditioned citizenship making in a Europe of Migration2016In: European Journal of Futures Research, ISSN 2195-4194, E-ISSN 2195-2248, Vol. 4, no 16, p. 1-10Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article deals with the notion of belonging in today’s multi-ethnic Sweden and hints at perpectives of future European identity-building. On the basis of Frantz Fanon’s understanding of colonialism and the colonized mentality as theoretical, the article deals with the situation of Roma in Sweden – and Europe. With the story of a young Roma woman that has migrated to Sweden from Hungary as point of departure, the article addresses the situation for Romani people, but also for other migrants in Europe, with particular focus on who are allowed to belong to the community of Swedish and European citizens, and who are not.

  • 6.
    Dahlstedt, Magnus
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics. Stockholms universitet.
    Utbildning, demokrati, medborgarskap2013 (ed. 1)Book (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Edling, Silvia
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet.
    Liljestrand, Johan
    Högskolan i Gävle.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics. Stockholms universitet.
    Tre om svensk lærerutdanning2013In: Demokrati og lærerbevissthet: Konferanserapport / [ed] Dag Fjeldstad & Rolf Mikkelsen, Oslo: Universitetet i Oslo , 2013, p. 81-95Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 8.
    Fejes, Andreas
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. Högskolan Dalarna, Stockholms universitet.
    Rahm, Lina
    Linköpings universitet.
    Dahlstedt, Magnus
    Linköpings universitet.
    Sandberg, Fredrik
    Linköpings universitet.
    Individualisation in Swedish adult education and the shaping of neo-liberal subjectivities2018In: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, ISSN 0031-3831, E-ISSN 1470-1170, Vol. 62, no 3, p. 461-473Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article we have analysed the ways a discourse on individualisation is taking shape within adult education in Sweden, how it operates, and what effects it has in terms of shaping student subjectivity. Drawing on a post-structural theorisation we analyse interviews with teachers and students in municipal adult education (MAE) and folk high schools (FHS). The analysis illustrates how both institutions contribute to the shaping of individualised subjectivities, although differently. At the end, a general question is raised about what happens with the democratic function of adult education in general, when a discourse on individualisation operates in the ways described, and more specifically, asks what is happening to FHS as an educational practice, that upholds its self-image as a last bastion of a collective notion of learning and subjectivity, and nurturing an educational practice of learning democracy?

  • 9.
    Fejes, Andreas
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. Högskolan Dalarna / Stockholms universitet.
    Rahm, Lina
    Linköpings universitet.
    Dahlstedt, Magnus
    Linköpings universitet.
    Sandberg, Fredrik
    Linköpings universitet.
    Individualisering genom det kollektiva i svensk folkhögskola2015Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this paper presentation is to identify how the principles of democracy and the market are played out in Swedish adult education. More specifically, we focus on how collective and individually oriented notions of what it means to be a citizen, shape student subjectivity. By focusing on both formal adult education (municipal adult education) and non-formal adult education (folk high schools) we wish to illustrate how these principles are mobilized differently, thus shaping different kinds of citizen subjectivities. Drawing on a post structural theorization inspired by the work of Michel Foucault, we analyse interviews with students and teachers at one school for municipal adult education, as well as one folk high school. Our analysis illustrates how an individually oriented citizen is shaped through discourses mobilized in both settings. However, in the folk highs school, individualization is shaped through discourses on collectivization. We argue that such shaping are in line with neoliberal forms of governance.

  • 10.
    Fejes, Andreas
    et al.
    Linköping University.
    Sandberg, Fredrik
    Linköping University.
    Dahlstedt, Magnus
    Linköping University.
    Olson, Maria
    Stockholm University.
    The last exodus?: Discourses on the production of citizens in adult education2015In: Symposium: Citizenship in the making – Adult and popular education as bunkers of failures, computers and recognition, Göteborg, 2015, p. 33-Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Henriksson Persson, Anna
    et al.
    Högskolan Dalarna.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. Högskolan Dalarna / Stockholms universitet.
    Att göra demokrati i samhällskunskapsämnet på mellanstadiet2016In: SO-undervisning på mellanstadiet: Forskning och praktik / [ed] Maria Olson och Sara Irisdotter Aldenmyr, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2016, 1, p. 139-158Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Irisdotter Aldenmyr, Sara
    et al.
    School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden.
    Olson, Maria
    School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden.
    The inward turn in therapeutic education: an individual enterprise promoted in the name of the common good2016In: Pedagogy, Culture & Society, ISSN 1468-1366, E-ISSN 1747-5104, Vol. 24, no 3, p. 387-400Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, focus rests on the relatively new international phenomenon of therapeutic education. Taking in the fact that this phenomenon is part of the schools’ assigned task to see to the formation of young people, the aim of the paper is twofold: to highlight what rationales that emerge in the formation of young people’s emotions in school, and to discuss these rationales in terms of vital principles of public education for the common good in society. The results are based on an empirical case study of ten Swedish teachers involved in the so-called Life Competence Education, which serves as a contextualisation of this phenomenon. Two rationales of this formation stand out as key; the seriousness of the inward turn of the individual, and the crucial step of sharing one’s innermost. Although these rationales involve collective notions of the students’ emotional well-being, they are quite firmly anchored, we argue, in the single individuals’ well-being.

  • 13. Jakobsson, Anders
    et al.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Ett vidgat perspektiv på ämnesdidaktik?2012In: Utbildning & lärande, ISSN 2001-4554, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 8-14Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 14. Jakobsson, Anders
    et al.
    Olson, MariaUniversity of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Utbildning & Lärande: Tema: Ett vidgat perspektiv på ämnesdidaktik2012Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Liljestrand, Johan
    et al.
    Faculty of Education and Business Studies, University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden / Centre for Teaching and Learning in the Humanities, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
    The (educational) meaning of religion as a quality of liberal democratic citizenship2016In: Journal of Curriculum Studies, ISSN 0022-0272, E-ISSN 1366-5839, Vol. 48, no 2, p. 151-166Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Religion has become a prominent issue in times of pluralism and in relation to citizenship in school and in society. As religious education (RE) is assigned to be one of the main school subject where issues of what religion is are to be raised, RE teachers’ conceptualizations of religion are of vital concern to investigate. In this article, RE teachers’ descriptions of ‘religion’ are scrutinized and analysed in terms of implications for citizenship with special regard to the role of RE. Three vital conceptions of religion emerge in teachers’ descriptions. First, religion is mainly individual or private, secondly, it denotes ethical guidance, and thirdly, it relates to sociocultural systems for thinking. Taken together, these conceptualizations share two characteristics about religion: religion as being individual-centred and private, and religion as being mind oriented. Out of this analysis, we discuss the role of religion and RE in contemporary liberal democratic life in society. The discussion is concluded by addressing two key things; the importance of the RE teacher as a curriculum maker, and the importance of religion and RE as active interventions in today’s contemporary discussion about pluralism in liberal democratic societies.

  • 16.
    Lundahl, Lisbeth
    et al.
    Umeå Universitet, Sweden.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Democracy lessons in market-oriented schools: The case of Swedish upper secondary education2013In: Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, ISSN 1746-1979, E-ISSN 1746-1987, Vol. 8, no 2, p. 201-213Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Based on recent ethnographic research, this article explores young people’s opportunities of formal and informal democracy learning and expressions of such learning in the highly market-influenced Swedish upper secondary education. With its ambitious democracy-fostering goals and far-reaching marketisation, Swedish education constitutes an interesting case in this respect. The analysis indicates that ‘voting with the feet’ emerges as an important way of exerting student influence. At the same time, young people’s voice is surprisingly neglected in classroom practice. Increased focus on performance and goal attainment tends to overshadow less ‘rewarding’ aspects of the curriculum, such as democracy teaching and learning, both from the side of teachers and students. Students are also increasingly expected to act as school representatives and to avoid giving negative impressions of their school.

  • 17.
    Nicoll, Katherine
    et al.
    University of Stirling, Skottland.
    Fejes, Andreas
    Linköpings Universitet.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Biesta, Gert
    University of Stirling, Skottland.
    Dahlstedt, Magnus
    Linköpings Universitet.
    Citizen formation: beyond educational practice and policy2010In: Active citizenship, Malmö: Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA) , 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 18.
    Nicoll, Katherine
    et al.
    School of Education, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK.
    Fejes, Andreas
    Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics. Centre for Teaching and Learning in the Humanities, Stockholm University.
    Dahlstedt, Magnus
    Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Biesta, Gert
    Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education, Institute of Education as Society, University of Luxembourg, Walferdange, Luxembourg.
    Opening discourses of citizenship education: A theorization with Foucault2013In: Journal of education policy, ISSN 0268-0939, E-ISSN 1464-5106, Vol. 28, no 6, p. 828-846Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We argue two major difficulties in current discourses of citizenship education. The first is a relative masking of student discourses of citizenship by positioning students as lacking citizenship and as outside the community that acts. The second is in failing to understand the discursive and material support for citizenship activity. We, thus, argue that it is not a lack of citizenship that education research might address, but identification and exploration of the different forms of citizenship that students already engage in. We offer a fragmentary, poststructuralist theorization oriented to explore the 'contemporary limits of the necessary', drawing on specific resources from the work of Michel Foucault and others for the constitution of local, partial accounts of citizenship discourses and activities, and exploration of their possibilities and constraints. We argue this as a significant tactic of theorization in support of an opening of discourses of citizenship and in avoiding the discursive difficulties that we have identified. Our theorization, then, is significant in its potential to unsettle discourses that confine contemporary thought regarding citizenship education and support exploration of what might be excessive to that confinement. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

  • 19.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Active citizenship beyond Choice?2010Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Educating for active citizenship is a pressing issue for educational policymaking in the Nordic countries, not least in the current neoliberal climate defined by economic and social change and by calls from different quarters for increased pluralism. Growing demands from the European Union on its member states to provide for active citizens through education fuels this task. In this text, Swedish education policy will be taken as a case in point in order to highlight how this issue is being handled in this Nordic policy setting. It is argued that its citizen fostering agenda is marked out by a deepened neoliberal orientation as regards the depiction of citizenship. This deepening takes place in the face of a historical rupture in Swedish education policy on citizenship, and consists of a replacement of the historically established society-centred citizenship with a consumer-oriented one that centres on the individual and on ‘freedom of choice’ as vital hubs. It is further argued that this shift highlights two problematic notions involved in the prevalent, neo liberally oriented framing of active citizenship through education: it tends to gloss over collective and antagonistic dimensions of citizenship necessary for encountering today’s societal demands. By drawing on Chantal Mouffe’s (2005, 2009) conceptualisation of 'the political' the overall aim of this text is highlighted: to seek for feasible openings for an altered way of framing the concept of active citizenship, where education is not depicted in terms of choice, but in terms of voice.

  • 20.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Att "bilda sig" eller att "bilda sig"?: Om religionslärarens frirum som medborgarbildare i den nya ämnesplanen för religionskunskap på gymnasiet2013In: Spänningsfyllda erfarenheter: ämnesdidaktik i skilda kontexter / [ed] Geir Skeie & Maria Olson, Stockholms universitets förlag, 2013, p. 51-70Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

     I den här texten lyfter jag fram den nya ämnesplanen i religionskunskap på gymnasiet. Syftet med detta är att sätta denna ämnesplan i relation till religionslärarens medborgarbildande uppgift. Med utgångspunkt i bildningsbegreppet diskuteras denna uppgift som en fråga om att se till religionslärarens frirum. Diskussionen utmynnar i ett resone-mang om betydelsen av att läraren inte ensidigt ser till vissa bildningsmål i ämnesundervisningen på bekostnad av andra.

  • 21.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Being proper(ly educated) as a Citizen?2011In: Being A proper(ly educated) Citizen, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 22.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Beyond Policy - Empowerment as choice or empowerment as voice?2010In: Conference Proceedings from NERA/NFPF:s 38th Nordic Educational Research Association Conference, Network 7, Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA) , 2010, p. 13 sidor-Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 23.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Can Deleuzian concepts be useful in informing governmentality analysis on the formation of the 'citizen'?2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 24.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Citizenship education under liberal democracy: To Be or not to Be a (properly educated) Citizen - comments on the ICCS 2009 study2012In: Utbildning och Demokrati, ISSN 1102-6472, E-ISSN 2001-7316, Vol. 21, no 1, p. 17-27Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 25.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Citizenship Education Without Citizenship?: The Migrant in EU Policy on Participatory Citizenship – Toward the Margin Through ‘Strangification'2012In: Education for Civic and Political Participation: A Critical Approach / [ed] Hedtke, Reinhold & Zimenkova, Tatiana, London: Routledge, 2012, p. 155-170Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this chapter, the Migrant is introduced as a key figure in EU eduation politcy on participatory citizenship. It is argued that although there has been an increase in policy efforts that deal with xenophobia and marginalisation in Europe, the EU's education policy implies a 'pushing' of the Migrant toward the margins of what counts as a properly undertaken citizenship education for European participatory citizenship. From a postcolonial perspective, this pushing is being facilitated by processes of 'strangification', which contributes to positioning the Migrant as an incompetent European participatoy citizen in and through education.

  • 26.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Citizenship in Between: Local and global scopes of European citizenship in Swedish educational policy2012In: Intercultural Policies and Education / [ed] Goncalez, S. & Carpenter, M. A., Bern: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2012, p. 193-203Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the past twenty years the concept of citizenship has surfaced as a critical one in the Europeanization-through-education project of the European Union. In this chapter Sweden is highlighted as one 'local' setting for educational policy in the EU. The aim is to shed light on one way in which EU requirements that its Member states provide for European citizenship are being received and implemented in 'local' national European educational settings. It is argued that the Swedish example depicts a nation-transcending European citizenship that can be considered as paradoxical: centered equally on territorial independence and territorial dependence as important aspects of citizenship and citizenship education. This paradox as regards the envisioned formation of citizens in Europe calls for further exploration of how supranational EU educational policy requirements regarding European citizenship are received and handled in 'local' - that is, national - educational settings in Europe.

  • 27.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Citizenship in between: The Paradox of Place in the formation of European Citizens2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 28.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Consumer Attitude for Self-Making: The 'Neo' in swedish education policy on 'active' Citizenship and Worries about it2010Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Educating for active citizenship is a pressing issue in educational policymaking in the European countries, not least in the current neoliberal climate defined by economic and social change and by calls from different quarters for increased pluralism. Growing demands from the European Union on its member states to provide for active citizens through education fuels this task. In this text, Swedish education policy will be taken as a case in order to highlight how this issue is being handled in this ‘local’ national policy setting in Europe. It is argued that the Swedish educational citizen fostering agenda is marked out by a neo liberal orientation as regards the depiction of citizenship, where the envisioned ‘active’ citizen can be described as one with a consuming attitude for self-making. To this end, Sweden appears to respond to supranational demands quite well as regards citizenship education. Nevertheless the 'neo' in Swedish education policy on citizenship is worrying, I argue, as it tends to gloss over important notions of citizenship and citizenship education necessary to consider in our times.

  • 29.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Democratic Citizen fostering - Its Insiders and its Outsiders: A Call for Democracy to 'leave home'2009In: Human Rights and Citizenship Education: Proceedings of the eleventh Conference of the Children´s Identity and Citizenship in Europe Thematic Network / [ed] Peter Cunningham, CiCe Publications , 2009, p. 112-118Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    How to outline an education for a democratic citizenship beyond national boundaries? In times of globalization, and with intensified pressure from the European Union on its nation states to provide for a common European identity through education, this question becomes crucial for national policy making within Europe. In this text focus rests on Swedish Education policy, in order to shed light upon what is marked out for Swedish compulsory schools’ commission to foster democratic citizens at the end of the 20th century. On the basis of earlier done policy research, it is argued that the Swedish fostering agenda do tend to transcend the nation state. But, at the same time, certain groups of people tend to be included, while others are being excluded. It is argued that these including and excluding divides are based upon presupposed ethno-cultural properties.

  • 30.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Democratic Citizenship - A Conditioned Apprenticeship: A Call for Destabilisation of Democracy in Education2009In: Journal of Social Science Education, ISSN 1611-9665, E-ISSN 1618-5293, Vol. 8, no 4, p. 75-80Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We live in times when the search for a citizenship education that can transcend national, ethnical and cultural borders is an important part of educational policy. In times of increased pressure by the European Union on its nation states to provide for nation-transcending democracy, this question becomes crucial for national policymaking in Europe. In this text, Swedish education policy will be taken as a case in point in order to shed light on how this question is being handled in this particular national policy setting. It is argued that the policy’s citizen fostering agenda tends to be counterproductive in the sense that it is still situated in national notions of the relationship between democracy and education, which tend to exclude certain individuals and groups of people on an age-related and (ethno) cultural basis. It is further argued that these excluding features can be related to educational ideas about socialisation. The aim of this text is underlined by suggesting a different way of framing democracy and democratic citizenship education: to increase the potential of education as regards the renewal of democracy and democratic citizenship.

  • 31.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. Stockholms universitet, Högskolan Dalarna.
    Det oväntade i so-ämnenas undervisning: bjudningar till annat kunskapande och tillblivande2017In: Nordidactica: Journal of Humanities and Social Science Education, ISSN 2000-9879, Vol. 2, p. 1-7Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    I detta temanummer riktar vi intresse mot So-ämnenas undervisning i skolan. Vi tar vår utgångspunkt i vad de flesta lärare vet, men kanske inte alltid finner tid, utrymme eller någon lämplig plattform att uttrycka. Nämligen att all undervisning, och i förlängningen all utbildning – av nödvändighet – är omhuldad av risk (Biesta 2013), av det som är oväntat. Vår ambition är inte i första hand att lyfta fram detta oväntade som en omständighet eller nödvändighet i allmän mening i utbildningssammanhang. Ambitionen är snarare att utifrån denna nödvändighet resa frågor till den dagliga undervisningen i de samhällsorienterade ämnena religionskunskap, samhällskunskap och historia, alternativt i so-undervisning generellt. Utifrån skilda empiriska, i högre eller lägre grad teoretiskt färgade ansatser, prövar vi att resa frågor som på olika sätt knyter an till vårt överordnade syfte i temanumret, vilket är att undersöka om, och i så fall vilka särskilda villkor eller bevekelsegrunder som kan tänkas prägla just de samhällsorienterade ämnenas undervisning, sett i ljuset av det oväntade som en potential, som möjlighet.

  • 32.
    Olson, Maria
    Linköpings universitet, Utbildningsvetenskap / Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för beteendevetenskap och lärande.
    Equivalence and "freedom of choice" - Consequences of a changed Policy practice in Sweden2004In: Enacting Equity in Europe: Towards a Comparison of Equitable Practices in Different Local Contexts, 2004Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Equivalence is regarded as a central concept in contemporary Swedish educational policy. Hence, the concept of -equivalence- plays an important role in educational policy-making practice in Sweden. One important aspect in this policy-making is to determine the schools- assignment to bring up democratic citizens. In the 90s equivalence is challenged by another concept, -freedom of choice-. This challenge has consequences for the understanding of what citizen to bring up in the Swedish schools. In this paper I will try out some possible outcomes of a changed conceptual framework in the educational policy practice, when it comes to the political understanding of a democratic citizenship in Sweden.

  • 33.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Från samhörighet till särart: Förändringar i den svenska skolans medborgarfostrande roll under 1990-talet i relation till valfrihet och likvärdighet2008In: Vadå likvärdighet?: studier i utbildningspolitisk språkanvändning / [ed] Tomas Englund & Ann Quennerstedt, Göteborg: Daidalos, 2008, p. 72-94Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 34.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Swedish Education Policy on Active Citizenship: Fulfilment of self2010In: Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship: Proceedings of the twelfth Conference of the Children´s Identity and Citizenship in Europe Academic Network / [ed] Cunningham, Peter & Fretwell, Nathan, London: CiCe , 2010, p. 297-305Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    'Active citizenship' is a concept currently used in the supranational educational policy of the European Union. While alluding to a potential to promote democracy and human rights this policy seems to be increasingly influenced by neo liberal tendencies. In this article Swedish education policy is taken as a case in order to highlight how the concept of active citizenship education is handled in this ‘local’ national policy setting in Europe. It is argued that Swedish education policy on citizenship is marked out by a neo liberal orientation as regards the depiction of citizenship, where the envisioned ‘active’ citizen can be described as one marked out by a consuming attitude for self-making. To this end, Sweden appears to respond to supranational EU demands quite well as regards its education policy on citizenship. Nevertheless the 'neo' in Swedish education policy on citizenship is unsatisfactory, I argue, as it tends to gloss over important notions of citizenship and citizenship education necessary to consider in our times.

  • 35.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    The European 'We': From Citizenship Policy to the Role of Education2012In: Studies in Philosophy and Education, ISSN 0039-3746, E-ISSN 1573-191X, Vol. 31, no 1, p. 77-89Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article sheds light on the European Union's policy on citizenship; on the collective dimension of this policy, its 'we'. It is argued that the inclusive, identity-constituting forces prominent in EU policy on European citizenship serve as a basis for the exclusion of people, which is illustrated by the recent expulsion of Romani from France. Based on a reading of Derrida, the twofold aim of this article is to reformulate the concept of a European citizenship 'we' and secondly, to outline some implications of this reframing as concerns the role of education in the formation of citizens.

  • 36.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. Stockholms universitet.
    Ungas medborgerliga engagemang i samhällsundervisningen2015In: Kontroversiella frågor: om kunskap och politik i samhällsundervisningen / [ed] Carsten Ljunggren, Ingrid Unemar Öst & Tomas Englund, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2015, 1, p. 169-186Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Kapitlet handlar om ungas medborgerliga engagemang i samhällsundervisningen i skolan. Mera precist handlar det om hur de unga själva tolkar och förstår detta engagemang - beroende på vilka frågor som de möter innanför och utanför klassrummet. Syftet är att lyfta fram lärarens roll i samhällsundervisningen; betydelsen av att hon eller hand reser olika slags frågor om medborgerligt engagemang. Eftersom de olika svar och reaktioner som dessa frågor ger både bär spår av och spårar vår samtid och vår framtid som medborgare i samhället.

  • 37.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Utbildning & Demokrati: Tidskrift för didaktik och utbildningspolitik2012Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 38.
    Olson, Maria
    Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för beteendevetenskap och lärande / Linköpings universitet, Utbildningsvetenskap.
    Vilka medborgare skulle skolan fostra då? Och nu? Från medborgarfostran för politisk förändring till medborgarfostran för ekonomisk anpassning?2004In: Skolans moraliska och demokratiska praktik: Värdepedagogiska texter 1 / [ed] Colnerud, Gunnel, Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 2004, p. 121-141Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    In this text I investigate how the teachers´and Swedish schools´ assignment to bring up citizens is described in two different times when Democracy is found to be in crisis in Sweden; the 1940ies and the 1990ies. This is done be reading some steering documents for Swedish education. The purpose of this text is to contribute to further reflection for teachers, teacher students and other interested upon questions of the the role and prevalent assignment of Swedish compulsory schools to bring up democratic citizens.

  • 39.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. Högskolan Dalarna / Stockholms universitet.
    Vilken roll spelar rösten?: Förvaltandet av röster från barn och unga i för/skolan som inflytandets måttstock2015In: Barns och ungas röster i utbildning: Delaktighetens komplexitet i förskola och skola, Malmö: Ett samarbete mellan Regionalt utvecklingscentrum Malmö och Malmö högskola , 2015Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 40.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    What Counts as Young People's Civic Engagement in Times of Accountability?: On the Importance of Maintaining Openness about Young People's Civic Engagement in Education2012In: Utbildning och Demokrati, ISSN 1102-6472, E-ISSN 2001-7316, Vol. 21, no 1, p. 29-55Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    One aspect of the ICCS study's measurement of young people's citizen competence is "civic engagement". In this article it is argued that even though the study's assessment captures important aspects of young people's civic engagement, too strong educational reliance on it may contribute to meagrenesss in the educational assignment to see to an engaged citizenry. By providing deeper insight into the ICCS study's assessment rationale, and by presenting qualitatively derived examples of young people's civic engagement, it is suggested that in order to see to fruitful ways of approaching the educational task of providing for young people's civic engagement, we need to maintain openness to different depictions of civic engagement. Among them those that matter as such for the young people themselves in and through the social and material practices they take part in.

  • 41.
    Olson, Maria
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Carlén, UrbanUniversity of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Utbildning & Lärande: Tema: Ett vidgat perspektiv på ämnesdidaktik2012Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 42.
    Olson, Maria
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. Stockholms university, Centrum för de humanistiska ämnenas didaktik (CeHum) / University of Skövde , Sweden .
    Dahlstedt, Magnus
    Linköping University.
    Citizenship formation for a new millennium in Sweden: a prognosis of our time2014In: The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, ISSN 2051-0969, E-ISSN 1740-2743, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 200-224Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this article is to forecast the present situation of citizenship formation in the field of Swedish education. In highlighting trends and tendencies in the educational assignment to provide for democratic citizenship in the first decade of the 21st century, which can be characterised as lacking collective visions for change, three depictions of citizenship are prevailing: citizenship formation for deliberation, for entrepreneurship and for therapeutic intervention. These depictions are analysed in terms of the direction for action taking and attention that they stress and produce as concerns citizenship in the making. The first one, citizenship formation for deliberation, stresses an inward-looking and inward-feeling citizenship. The second one, citizenship formation for entrepreneurship, stresses an inward-looking and outward-making citizenship, and the third one, citizenship formation for therapeutic intervention, stresses an inward-looking and outward-making citizenship. Taking on this forecast, which actualises democracy as something that is already achieved as a consequence of an assumedly post political situation, we argue that citizenship as well as society itself risks being pictured as apolitical and democratically “saturated.” This situation is hazardous, we argue, as it does not open up for change to come into question as desirable or even possible. Put differently, it leaves us with the notion that things have to be as they are, as we are living in the best of worlds. 

  • 43.
    Olson, Maria
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. Stockholms universitet, Centrum för de humanistiska ämnenas didaktik (CeHum).
    Dahlstedt, Magnus
    Linköping University.
    Medborgarskapande för ett nytt millennium: utbildning och medborgarfostran i 2000-talets Sverige2014In: Utbildning och Demokrati, ISSN 1102-6472, E-ISSN 2001-7316, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 7-25Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Citizenship in the making for a new millenium – education and citizen formation in 21st century Sweden. The aim of this article is to analyse citizenship formation in Swedish education. In highlighting trends regarding the assignment of the educational system to provide for democratic citizenship there are certain depictions of citizenship prevail- ing. The first stresses an inward-looking and inward-feeling citizenship, characterizing the citizen as deliberative and emotional. The second stresses an inward-looking and outward-making citizenship, characterizing the citizen as entrepreneurial and willing. Here, democracy is portrayed as already achieved. This, we argue, is hazardous as society risk being pictured as apolitical and democratically ‘saturated’. This situation does not open up for democratic change to come into question as desirable or even possible. Put differently, it leaves us with the notion that things have to be as they are, as we are living in the best of worlds.

  • 44.
    Olson, Maria
    et al.
    School of Education, health and society, Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden.
    Dahlstedt, Magnus
    Department of social and Welfare studies/Division Social Work, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Fejes, Andreas
    Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Sandberg, Fredrik
    Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    The formation of the willing citizen: Tracing reactive nihilism in late capitalist adult education2018In: Educational Philosophy and Theory, ISSN 0013-1857, E-ISSN 1469-5812, Vol. 50, no 1, p. 95-103Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The role of education in citizen training has been well mapped out in youtheducation. What has been less studied is how this role comes into being inadult education. By providing illustrative empirical examples from a recentlycompleted study of adult students enrolled in adult education, this articleaims to offer a theoretical response to the question of the role of adulteducation in adult student citizen subjectivity formation. Taking on Diken’sconcept of ‘reactive nihilism’, we wish to make the following arguments. First,that citizen formation in adult education, when students are asked aboutit, is actualised as processes of re(dis)covery of will in order to be(come) asuccessful and happy citizen in society. Secondly, that these processes pointtowards a role of adult education as one where these formation processeswork in tandem with those of the reactive nihilists. This means that the citizenformation processes made possible in this educational site are those markedout by the desire to mobilise one’s will formation so that it adapts to theprevailing societal situation—that of late capitalism, which is a situation notconsidered by the adult students as possible to change.

  • 45.
    Olson, Maria
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Edling, Silvia
    Uppsala universitet.
    Liljestrand, Johan
    Högskolan i Gävle.
    Andersson, Erik
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Är du mätbar nog, lilla vän? Mätbarhetskultur, ICCS 2009 och ungdomars medborgarkompetens2012In: Skola och samhälle, ISSN 2001-6727Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 46.
    Olson, Maria
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. Centre for Teaching and Learning in the Humanities, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Fejes, Andreas
    Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Dahlstedt, Magnus
    Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Nicoll, Kathrine
    School of Education, University of Stirling, United Kingdom.
    Citizenship discourses: production and curriculum2015In: British Journal of Sociology of Education, ISSN 0142-5692, E-ISSN 1465-3346, Vol. 36, no 7, p. 1036-1053Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper explores citizenship discourses empirically through upper secondary school student’s understandings, as these emerge in and through their everyday experiences. Drawing on a post-structuralist theorisation inspired by the work of Michel Foucault, a discourse analysis of data from interviews with students is carried out. This analysis characterises three discourses of the active citizen – a knowledgeable citizen, a responsive and holistic citizen and a self-responsible “free” citizen. The analysis raises questions over the implications of contemporary efforts for the intensification of standardising forces through citizenship education. It also stresses the notion that engaging students actively does always also involve discourses other than those stressed through the curriculum, which nurtures the body and nerve of democracy itself.

  • 47.
    Olson, Maria
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Fernandez, Christian
    Lund University.
    Education as a Citizen right of Being and/or Becoming?: Shortcomings and Potentials in Liberal Education2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 48.
    Olson, Maria
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. Stockholm University.
    Gamalielsson, Jonas
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Gustavsson, Susanne
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education.
    Lundell, Björn
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Addressing Democratic and Didactic Implications of Different Technological Offerings in Compulsory School Teaching Practices2014In: Next Generation Learning Conference: Conference Summary / [ed] Erik Brunnert Walfridsson, Högskolan Dalarna, 2014, p. 52-62Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper draws from a multidisciplinary research study that aims to identify and analyse democratic and didactic implications of different technological offerings in compulsory school teaching practices. The research study also aims to develop strategies to promote learning through open knowledge processes in Swedish educational contexts. The overarching goal of our research is to contribute to systematic and in-depth knowledge of specific, education-related challenges in one of today’s most important ongoing changes in schools, the implementation of IT. In this paper we report on the current state of practice concerning the use of technological offerings in school and its democratic and didactic implications to the aim of elaborating on pedagogical and technological challenges in the context of compulsory school.

  • 49.
    Olson, Maria
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Gustafsson, GerdUniversity of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Nya textvärldar i vår tid2010Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 50.
    Olson, Maria
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Gustavsson, SusanneUniversity of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Tema: att bilda lärare i digital kompetens2011Collection (editor) (Refereed)
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