Cristin-resultat-ID: 1724629
Sist endret: 26. mai 2021, 09:05
NVI-rapporteringsår: 2021
Vitenskapelig artikkel

Multicultural school festivals as a creative space for identity construction–the perspective of minority parents

  • Joke Dewilde
  • Ole Kolbjørn Kjørven og
  • Thor Andre Skrefsrud


Intercultural Education
ISSN 1467-5986
e-ISSN 1469-8439
NVI-nivå 2

Om resultatet

Vitenskapelig artikkel
Publiseringsår: 2021
Publisert online: 2021
Volum: 32
Hefte: 2
Sider: 212 - 229
Open Access


Scopus-ID: 2-s2.0-85099979199

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Multicultural school festivals as a creative space for identity construction–the perspective of minority parents


In this article, we explore how minority parents construct and promote cultural identities through a multicultural school event in Norway. Such events respond to the call for diverse and inclusive initiatives to facilitate learning, belonging, and cohesion in schools. Interestingly, while schools see these events as helping further inclusion, prior research on the subject has criticized such events for promoting essentialist understandings of cultural identities, hence regarding them as counterproductive to the aim of promoting inclusion. This research has directed scarce attention to the participant perspective, among them minority parents. Using the stall of the Kurdish parents as an example, we conducted fieldwork applying the method of Linguistic Landscaping. In addition, we conducted semi-structured interviews with the parents asking questions about the festival and the meaning of the displayed representations in their stall. The findings indicate that the Kurdish parents involved view the event as an important space for creative construction of transnational and diasporic identities, as well as an opportunity for a minority group to strive for acceptance for its cause. We end the article by reflecting on the pedagogical potential in multicultural school events as tools for creating inclusive school practices.


Aktiv cristin-person

Joke Dewilde

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Institutt for lærerutdanning ved Universitetet i Oslo

Ole Kolbjørn Kjørven

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Institutt for humanistiske fag ved Høgskolen i Innlandet

Thor Andre Skrefsrud

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Institutt for pedagogikk og samfunnsfag – Hamar ved Høgskolen i Innlandet
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