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Skolyoga: En kritisk diskursanalys av en anmälan till skolinspektionen, ett yttrande till skolinspektionen samt ett utlåtande av skolinspektionen angående yoga i Östermalmsskolan
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Teacher Education.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to study how school yoga in Östermalmsskolan is expressed in the texts consist of a notification to the Schools Inspectorate, an opinion to the Schools Inspectorate and a statement of the Schools Inspectorate. The method used for the investigation is a critical discourse analysis which study social and political processes in the society as created through language. The perspective of the critical discourse analysis is a social construction that considers that language is a social production created in a discursive way. It produces and reflects social process in the language. By using theories of different concepts such as yoga, religion, spirituality, non-denominational and freedom of religion, my aim is to investigate how yoga is expressed in the school inspectorate text. With this method I’m aiming to analyze the discourse of the investigation of document from 2012, of complaint against Östermalmsskolan teaching yoga.

The conclusion of the study is that in the document to the Schools Inspectorate there are two different religion definitions, which are substantial and functional definition of religion. In the motivations of accepting yoga teaching in school, the school inspectorate is not incorporating the word, spiritual. Instead they use words as, self-awareness and increased ability to concentrate. I found it hard for the school inspectorate, to identify yoga as non-denominational. There’s a complexity in the school inspectorate document, because there’s indicates of trying to secularize yoga. In the document the problem of guaranty students and parents, a non- denominational yoga teaching, is exposed because the school principal have a responsibility that the performance of yoga teaching will not conflict with the Education Act provisions on denominational elements. The mantra “aum”, that students are exposed to during yoga, is considered without a non- denominational element even though it’s a central element in Hinduism and Buddhism, where it’s used to profess and invoke gods and spirits. In doing so, yoga teaching violates against the Education Act provision of non-denominational education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 32 p.
Keyword [en]
Yoga, spirituality, religion, non-denominational
Keyword [sv]
Yoga, andlighet, religion, icke-konfessionell
National Category
Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-21913OAI: diva2:693786
Subject / course
Education Studies
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2014-02-05 Created: 2014-02-05 Last updated: 2014-02-05Bibliographically approved

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