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Saether Eva

Eva Saether

Professor

Saether Eva

Struggling for integration : universalist and separatist discourses within El Sistema Sweden

Author

  • Åsa Bergman
  • Monica Lindgren
  • Eva Sæther

Summary, in English

This article focuses on the El Sistema programme, which started up in Sweden in 2010 with the objective to deal with segregation problems typical for Swedish urban areas. The purpose of the article is to examine how promoting integration through music and music education is constructed within El Sistema as a way to help children growing up in multi-ethnic suburbs participate in Swedish society. The empirical material used derives from two different ethnographic research studies conducted in Gothenburg and Malmö. The results show that integration is constructed through two antagonistic discourses competing for hegemony. In the first, the idea of integration is based on a rhetoric of similarities between people playing music together, a rhetoric drawing on the modernist idea of humans as universal and alike. In the second, integration is articulated through a rhetoric of differences related to cultural affiliation.

Department/s

  • Teachers (Malmö Academy of Music)

Publishing year

2016-10-08

Language

English

Pages

364-375

Publication/Series

Music Education Research

Volume

18

Issue

4

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Routledge

Topic

  • Pedagogy

Keywords

  • discourse analysis
  • El Sistema Sweden
  • ethnography
  • integration
  • postcolonial theory

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1461-3808