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Unfreezing the Discursive Hegemonies Underpinning Current Versions of “Social Sustainability” in ECE Policies in Anglo–Celtic, Nordic and Continental Contexts

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Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, 5063 Bergen, Norway
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Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M15 6GX, UK
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Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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Early Years Intercultural Association, Liverpool, NSW 2170, Australia
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Academic Editors: Veronica Bergan, Elin Eriksen Ødegaard and Sidsel Boldermo
Sustainability 2021, 13(9), 4758; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094758
Received: 22 February 2021 / Revised: 17 April 2021 / Accepted: 20 April 2021 / Published: 23 April 2021
Social sustainability is linked to finding new ways of living together and strengthening social capital and participation, as well as to social justice and equity in societies, and it is becoming increasingly important for diverse multicultural societies. In this article, we trace understandings of social sustainability as established in Early Childhood Education (ECE) policy documents by following the chains of meaning connected to sense of belonging, local place and cultural diversity and through ECE collaboration with children’s parents/caregivers. Critical discourse analysis has been applied to trace the chains of meaning attached to these concepts in ECE steering documents in Australia, Croatia, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). Such analysis shows different ways in which the ECE polices indirectly work with social sustainability, as well as create critical distance from the sets of meanings established in each country (by proving a chain of meaning established in the policy documents of another country). In conclusion, we do not advocate in favour of any of the chains of meaning but argue for continual reflection and reflexivity, and we see research to be a particularly significant arena in which to unfreeze the taken for granted and sustainable notion. View Full-Text
Keywords: social sustainability; belonging; collaboration with caregivers; place and space; cultural diversity social sustainability; belonging; collaboration with caregivers; place and space; cultural diversity
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Sadownik, A.R.; Bakken, Y.; Gabi, J.; Višnjić-Jevtić, A.; Koutoulas, J. Unfreezing the Discursive Hegemonies Underpinning Current Versions of “Social Sustainability” in ECE Policies in Anglo–Celtic, Nordic and Continental Contexts. Sustainability 2021, 13, 4758. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094758

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Sadownik AR, Bakken Y, Gabi J, Višnjić-Jevtić A, Koutoulas J. Unfreezing the Discursive Hegemonies Underpinning Current Versions of “Social Sustainability” in ECE Policies in Anglo–Celtic, Nordic and Continental Contexts. Sustainability. 2021; 13(9):4758. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094758

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Sadownik, Alicja R.; Bakken, Yvonne; Gabi, Josephine; Višnjić-Jevtić, Adrijana; Koutoulas, Jennifer. 2021. "Unfreezing the Discursive Hegemonies Underpinning Current Versions of “Social Sustainability” in ECE Policies in Anglo–Celtic, Nordic and Continental Contexts" Sustainability 13, no. 9: 4758. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094758

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