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Vinn deras hjärtan!: Om genus och emotioner i TV-serien Klass 9A
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Creative Studies (Teacher Education).
2011 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, no 2-3, 117-143 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates the mediation of teachers in a reality-TV program, how gender, femininity, masculinity and emotions interact in a school fiction. The reality-TV program, Klass 9A, consisting of 13 episodes, was broadcasted in Swedish television during spring 2008. In the program, viewers could follow a high school class during the fall semester 2007. The class teachers was replaced by “eight of Sweden’s foremost educators” (the TV-producers words) to help the pupils improve there scores from low level to the third best class in the country during that semester. In that sense this was a Makeover-television and in analyzing the teachers, they are treated as constructions of the producers. Theoretically and methodologically Sara Ahmed’s concept of emotions are used – what emotions do between people, giving and constructing attributes. Three teachers, two men and one woman, are exemplifying the analysis. The math (male) teacher’s pedagogical strategy is love, an approach he both articulate and perform. Love as a teaching method appears as an exercise of power, a patriarchal and biblical informed performance and a powerful discipline tool. In the sport subject, the teacher (male) act to a high degree as a coach, engaging in a democratic sport leadership. He is doing it with empathy, in a way feminine, but without loosing his masculinity, secured by his traditionally male subject sport. The female teacher (Swedish language) is doing masculinity, disembodied by how the producers represent her, but is embodied in the end of the semester, by being represented as sentimental and caring when it comes to the final test. In that sense she is castrated, made less powerful and brought back to the conception of female teachers as carrying. The program supports the conception of missing male teachers in school and a longing for old time discipline.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Studentcentrum, Malmö högskola , 2011. no 2-3, 117-143 p.
Keyword [en]
Reality-TV, school fiction, teaching methods, gender, femininity, masculinity, emotions
Keyword [sv]
reality-TV, dokusåpa, skola, fiktion, pedagogik, kön, femininitet, maskulinitet, känslor
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Pedagogical Work Gender Studies
Research subject
educational work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-50121OAI: diva2:459743
Available from: 2011-11-28 Created: 2011-11-28 Last updated: 2014-12-01Bibliographically approved

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