A boy looking at a model of a house. Photo.

Photo: Marit Ursin

Our worldview marks our everyday lives, relations and understandings about ourselves, each other and the world we live in. It responds to questions such as: Who am I? What is significant to me? How should we interact? Where do I draw the line between 'us' and 'other'? What is of ultimate concern in the contemporary world? In the research group WorldViews, we are interested in exploring and reflecting critically about different set of values, worldviews, perceptions and understandings in the world, and investigate how these affect and are affected by children, youth and families. 

The research group consists of researchers with background in education, sociology, anthropology, and interdisciplinary child and youth research, located at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, Department of Sociology and Political Science, and Department of Teacher Education. The researchers engage in ethnographic research with children, youth and families with minority background or in marginalised positions in Norway, Ghana, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile. What they have in common is a genuine interest for social justice as well as a desire to understand and reveal power structures and marginalisation processes in formal and informal contexts. Their research explores, amongst other topics, youth of minority background and their encounter with the Norwegian educational and social welfare system; refugee children's encounter with kindergarten and schools in Norway; Norwegian immigration authorities' imaginations of unaccompanied minor asylum seekers; Sea Sami children's encounter with the majority culture in a historical perspective; Norwegian and Brazilian children's reflections on and experiences of marginalisation and discrimination; and Ghanaian youth's contemporary perspectives and future aspirations.

Overall aims

Contribute to increased understanding and critical reflection surrounding social and cultural discourses, understandings and perceptions about childhood, youth, upbringing and family life.

Explore children’s, youths’ and families’ encounter with hegemonic, normative and taken-for-granted sets of values, worldviews and knowledge systems.

Identify and raise consciousness about different worldviews and knowledge systems and explore how the power balance between them is challenges, maintained or reproduced in various contexts.

Reveal how children and young people’s everyday lives are shaped by diverse understandings connected to class, ethnicity, gender, generation, and so on.   

Examine processes and relations that create, preserve or reduce ‘othering’.

Contribute to a perception of the world and its human beings where diversity is valorized and recognized as a resource.