Discrimination, harassment and racism in Finnish lower secondary schools

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Zacheus , T , Kalalahti , M M M , Varjo , J T , Saarinen , M K , Jahnukainen , M T , Mäkelä , M-L & Kivirauma , J 2019 , ' Discrimination, harassment and racism in Finnish lower secondary schools ' , Nordic Journal of Migration Research , vol. 9 , no. 1 , pp. 81-98 . https://doi.org/10.2478/njmr-2019-0004 NJMR

Title: Discrimination, harassment and racism in Finnish lower secondary schools
Author: Zacheus, Tuomas; Kalalahti, Mira Miina Marjukka; Varjo, Janne Tapani; Saarinen, Minna Kristiina; Jahnukainen, Markku Tapani; Mäkelä, Marja-Liisa; Kivirauma, Joel
Contributor: University of Helsinki, University of Turku
University of Helsinki, Doctoral Programme in School, Education, Society, and Culture
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Doctoral Programme in School, Education, Society, and Culture
Date: 2019-04-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Nordic Journal of Migration Research
ISSN: 1799-649X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/300773
Abstract: In this article, we examine the experiences of students in the ninth grade (aged 15–16 years) in relation to harassment, discrimination and racism. The study was carried out at eight Finnish lower secondary schools with a high proportion of students with an immigrant background in 2015. The sample consisted of survey data (n = 445) and thematic interviews (n = 112) conducted with young people of Finnish and immigrant origins. Approximately one-quarter of the respondents said that they had been harassed or discriminated against at schools, and one-tenth had experienced this behaviour in their free time. In addition, almost half of the young people thought that discrimination is widespread in Finland. The more often a student experienced discrimination, the less they liked school. Experiences of harassment, discrimination and racism were especially downplayed when the respondent was the target.
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