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‘Sexual Orientation’ in Swedish Preschool Policy—What Is the Problem?

Journal article
Authors Lena Sotevik
Published in Genealogy
Volume 4
Issue 1
ISSN 1557-3796
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Language en
Links https://www.mdpi.com/2313-5778/4/1/...
Keywords sexual orientation; discrimination; childhood; sexuality; heteronormativity; poststructural policy analysis
Subject categories Educational Sciences, Gender Studies, Children

Abstract

The present article focuses on how ‘sexual orientation’ is represented and produced in a Swedish preschool policy document regarding discrimination and equal treatment. ‘Poststuctural policy analysis’ is employed, in line with Foucault) and Bacchi. The results show that ‘sexual orientation’ is represented as a matter for families, but for parents rather than children. In the plans for equal treatment, visualizing different families stands out as the goal of working preventively against discrimination based on ‘sexual orientation’ in preschool, and the active measures planned for are reading books and spontaneous conversations. The article argues that the discrimination perspective represented in the documents, together with discourses on childhood innocence, establish certain conditions for how ‘sexual orientation’ is produced in preschool

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