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"..dom brukar kalla en hora också.." (flicka 10 år) : En studie om svordomar i skolmiljö

Davidsson, Gunilla and Svensson, Frida (2004)
School of Social Work
Abstract
Our purpose with this paper was to describe how children experience and use curses and swearwords in the school environment, compared to the perspectives of adults and surrounding society. The main questions were: How common is cursing and swearing in the school environment and which factors are it influenced by? What do curses and swearwords mean for children and adults in today's society and how do they experience it? Are there differences and similarities between younger and older children, and between girls and boys? The investigative part of the paper took place in a junior and intermediate level of school. We used an opinion poll for the staff and interviewed 22 children. Furthermore we conducted observations at the school. Our... (More)
Our purpose with this paper was to describe how children experience and use curses and swearwords in the school environment, compared to the perspectives of adults and surrounding society. The main questions were: How common is cursing and swearing in the school environment and which factors are it influenced by? What do curses and swearwords mean for children and adults in today's society and how do they experience it? Are there differences and similarities between younger and older children, and between girls and boys? The investigative part of the paper took place in a junior and intermediate level of school. We used an opinion poll for the staff and interviewed 22 children. Furthermore we conducted observations at the school. Our results show that swearing and cursing is a part of children's everyday life. Curses and swearwords were described similarly as bad words and forceful expressions by children and adults, they both also found words and expressions which allude to sexuality more troublesome than others. Cursing and swearing maintains a large variety of functions for the children, such as expressing emotions and marking your identity and belonging to a group. Half of the staff considered children's cursing and swearing as a problem. The children are accepting to cursing and swearing, when it's not used as words of abuse. Adults and society also condemn words of abuse. Factors which influence children's cursing and swearing are family and friends, school, leisure, politics, the media etc. But the child itself also influences its surroundings. (Less)
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author
Davidsson, Gunilla and Svensson, Frida
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organization
year
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Social problems and welfare, national insurance, Sociala problem, social välfärd, socialförsäkring
language
Swedish
id
1358571
date added to LUP
2004-11-08
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2004-11-08
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  abstract     = {Our purpose with this paper was to describe how children experience and use curses and swearwords in the school environment, compared to the perspectives of adults and surrounding society. The main questions were: How common is cursing and swearing in the school environment and which factors are it influenced by? What do curses and swearwords mean for children and adults in today's society and how do they experience it? Are there differences and similarities between younger and older children, and between girls and boys? The investigative part of the paper took place in a junior and intermediate level of school. We used an opinion poll for the staff and interviewed 22 children. Furthermore we conducted observations at the school. Our results show that swearing and cursing is a part of children's everyday life. Curses and swearwords were described similarly as bad words and forceful expressions by children and adults, they both also found words and expressions which allude to sexuality more troublesome than others. Cursing and swearing maintains a large variety of functions for the children, such as expressing emotions and marking your identity and belonging to a group. Half of the staff considered children's cursing and swearing as a problem. The children are accepting to cursing and swearing, when it's not used as words of abuse. Adults and society also condemn words of abuse. Factors which influence children's cursing and swearing are family and friends, school, leisure, politics, the media etc. But the child itself also influences its surroundings.},
  author       = {Davidsson, Gunilla and Svensson, Frida},
  keyword      = {Social problems and welfare, national insurance,Sociala problem, social välfärd, socialförsäkring},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {"..dom brukar kalla en hora också.." (flicka 10 år) : En studie om svordomar i skolmiljö},
  year         = {2004},
}