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Introduction: School Violence in the Nordic Countries–A Changing Sociocultural Landscape

Chapter in book
Authors Johannes Lunneblad
Published in Policing Schools: School Violence and the Juridification of Youth. Lunneblad J. (red.)
Pages 1-15
ISBN 978-3-030-18604-3
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Cham
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Pages 1-15
Language en
Subject categories Pedagogy


The Nordic countries are known for their progressive education, which places a strong emphasis on equality. However, these societies have experienced a number of significant school reforms, leading to increased demands on students to be disciplined, well-behaved and respectful. Moreover, in the Nordic context, the tendency of schools to treat unruly behaviour, bullying and violence as crimes is partly a new phenomenon. The process of increased regulation by law has been labelled juridification. As a result of this process, what were previously considered to be primarily pedagogical responsibilities and challenges have become subjects to legal consideration. The juridification of education has thus not only come to influence the requirements placed on professionals working at schools, but also made schools’ obligation to support the individual child stronger.

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