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Silence on Gender in the Danish Daycare Regime

Svendsen, Thor LU (2012) SIMV18 20121
Graduate School
Abstract
'Silence' in one word grasps the gendered structures within the Danish daycare regime. Through a rearticulation of this notion a detailed inquiry of processes with gendered effects within the public administration of the daycare regime is carried out.
Though public daycare is an universal welfare service with political attention where gender-issues are very present, and a general gender-mainstreaming obligation is formulated in Danish legislation, the public policies on daycare do not encounter social constructivist conceptions of gender.
Official documents and interviews both at national, municipal, and local level together constitute the primary empirical sources in an investigation of how the public administration of the daycare... (More)
'Silence' in one word grasps the gendered structures within the Danish daycare regime. Through a rearticulation of this notion a detailed inquiry of processes with gendered effects within the public administration of the daycare regime is carried out.
Though public daycare is an universal welfare service with political attention where gender-issues are very present, and a general gender-mainstreaming obligation is formulated in Danish legislation, the public policies on daycare do not encounter social constructivist conceptions of gender.
Official documents and interviews both at national, municipal, and local level together constitute the primary empirical sources in an investigation of how the public administration of the daycare regime contributes to a construction of silence on gender-perspectives. Narratives in and around the public administration of the daycare regime are identified in a poststructuralist, feminist analysis.
It is found that tendencies towards New Public management are present in the daycare regime; educational ideals dominate; biologist-essentialist notions of gender are the norm; the individual child is in focus; and a complex, decentralized government of the daycare regime has effects on gendered structures. The discursive formations within daycare are intertextually connected, and certain logics of governmentality following the lines of the narratives mentioned above constitutes a daycare regime which is silent on critical gender perspectives. Gender is rather absent as a theme, structural perspectives on pedagogy are 'othered', and social constructivist perceptions of children's gender identities are silenced. The silence in the public administration is a barrier to everyday pedagogical practices' encountering of gender critically. (Less)
Abstract (Danish)
Forvaltningen af daginstitutionsområdet i Danmark er præget af en usynliggørelse af kritiske kønsperspektiver. Det poststrukturalistiske begreb ’Silence’ beskriver hvordan daginstitutions-regimet håndterer køn. En detaljeret analyse af kønnede effekter af forvaltningsmæssige processer ligger til grund for brugen af dette begreb i specialet.
Daginstitutioner er en universel velfærdsydelse omgærdet af en del politisk opmærksomhed. Køn er rigtig meget på spil i daginstitutionerne, men på trods af en mainsteaming-forpligtigelse i dansk ligestillingslovgivning er socialkonstruktivistiske perspektiver på køn fraværende i den offentlige administration af daginstitutionsområdet.
Officielle dokumenter og kvalitative interviews på ministerielt,... (More)
Forvaltningen af daginstitutionsområdet i Danmark er præget af en usynliggørelse af kritiske kønsperspektiver. Det poststrukturalistiske begreb ’Silence’ beskriver hvordan daginstitutions-regimet håndterer køn. En detaljeret analyse af kønnede effekter af forvaltningsmæssige processer ligger til grund for brugen af dette begreb i specialet.
Daginstitutioner er en universel velfærdsydelse omgærdet af en del politisk opmærksomhed. Køn er rigtig meget på spil i daginstitutionerne, men på trods af en mainsteaming-forpligtigelse i dansk ligestillingslovgivning er socialkonstruktivistiske perspektiver på køn fraværende i den offentlige administration af daginstitutionsområdet.
Officielle dokumenter og kvalitative interviews på ministerielt, kommunalt og lokalt niveau udgør den primære empiri i en undersøgelse af hvordan den offentlige forvaltning af daginstitutionsområdet bidrager til konstruktionen af et ’kønsblindt’ daginstitutions-regime.
En feministisk poststrukturalistisk analyse identificerer narrativer i og omkring forvaltningen af daginstitutions-regimet. Der findes New Public Management tendenser i forvaltningen af daginstitutionsområdet; Et fokus på uddannelse er blevet dominerende; Biologistiske opfattelser af køn er det normale; Det enkelte barn er i fokus; Og en kompleks og decentraliseret forvaltning af daginstitutionsområdet har effekt på konstruktionen af kønnede strukturer.
Disse diskursive formationer i daginstitutions-regimet er forbundet intertekstuelt. Bestemte governmentality-logikker der følger narrativerne beskrevet ovenfor konstruerer daginstitutions-regimet som usynliggørende (’silent’) overfor kritiske kønsperspektiver. Køn er fraværende som tema, strukturelle perspektiver på pædagogik bliver marginaliseret af en bestemt norm, og social-konstruktivistiske perspektiver børns køns-identitet bliver usynliggjort. Denne usynliggørelse af køn i forvaltningen af daginstitutionsområdet er en barriere for kritiske kønsperspektivers indtog i den pædagogiske praksis. (Less)
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author
Svendsen, Thor LU
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SIMV18 20121
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Silence, gender, daycare-regime, public administration, governmentaility, intertextuality, 'logics of appropriateness', Denmark
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English
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2970549
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2012-09-04 11:21:50
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Though public daycare is an universal welfare service with political attention where gender-issues are very present, and a general gender-mainstreaming obligation is formulated in Danish legislation, the public policies on daycare do not encounter social constructivist conceptions of gender.
Official documents and interviews both at national, municipal, and local level together constitute the primary empirical sources in an investigation of how the public administration of the daycare regime contributes to a construction of silence on gender-perspectives. Narratives in and around the public administration of the daycare regime are identified in a poststructuralist, feminist analysis.
It is found that tendencies towards New Public management are present in the daycare regime; educational ideals dominate; biologist-essentialist notions of gender are the norm; the individual child is in focus; and a complex, decentralized government of the daycare regime has effects on gendered structures. The discursive formations within daycare are intertextually connected, and certain logics of governmentality following the lines of the narratives mentioned above constitutes a daycare regime which is silent on critical gender perspectives. Gender is rather absent as a theme, structural perspectives on pedagogy are 'othered', and social constructivist perceptions of children's gender identities are silenced. The silence in the public administration is a barrier to everyday pedagogical practices' encountering of gender critically.},
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  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Silence on Gender in the Danish Daycare Regime},
  year         = {2012},
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