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The many gendered faces of teachers' views on schools and security
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Political Science Section, Sektionen för säkerhetespolitik och strategi.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0389-6095
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Leadership Division, Karlstad.
2021 (English)In: The European Journal of Women's Studies, ISSN 1350-5068, E-ISSN 1461-7420, Vol. 28, no 1, p. 71-85Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses the gendered nature of teachers’ views on schools and security.Current research on security emphasizes masculinity and the absence of femininity inrelation to the security field – traditionally dominated by the military and emergencyrescue services. However, there is a lack of knowledge on the areas of society that arenew to the security field. Schools, pupils and teachers are gendered in many ways. Whathappens when security is added to this nexus? Existing, limited research suggests thatthis relationship may be both complicated and gendered. A qualitative content analysisis conducted based on interviews with teachers and principals from two municipalitiesin Sweden. It shows that teachers hold gendered views of their roles as security actors;of pupils in relation to security, as subjects of risks and sources of threats; and ofexternal security threats. Men are embodied as positive or negative actors, whereaswomen are embodied mostly as powerless actors. Teachers give voice to a discoursefocused on everyday insecurities. This is important, as the role of teachers (in particularwomen) as promoters of democratic citizens risks becoming undermined, and individualperspectives of security risk becoming replaced by national perspectives.

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Sage Publications, 2021. Vol. 28, no 1, p. 71-85
Keywords [en]
gendered views, school, security actor, Sweden, teacher, threat
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies) Sociology
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Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik; Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-9133DOI: 10.1177/1350506820918346ISI: 000532311700001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-9133DiVA, id: diva2:1428097
Available from: 2020-05-04 Created: 2020-05-04 Last updated: 2022-01-24Bibliographically approved

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