"Den som är väldigt stark måste också vara väldigt snäll" : En analys av maktskillnader i Astrid Lindgrens Pippi Långstrump utifrån ett intersektionellt perspektiv
This essay aims to examine and work as an example for how one can discuss power and intersectionality in the classroom based on Astrid Lindgren’s book Pippi Longstocking. It also aims to examine if teachers could use the book as a starting point for working with other important questions about life and identity in the classroom. Analyses have been performed with an intersectional starting point. Matrixes, based on a system of points and categories of importance for power relations, have been made and used as a method for the analyses. The categories sexuality and ethnicity are often considered important for intersectional analyses, but because the book never really brings up any aspect of them, they were excluded from the analyses in the essay. Instead, many other important categories are discussed. The matrixes show that Pippi, from an intersectional point of view, should be subordinate in many situations. However, further analyses show that she, to the contrary, tends to always make herself more powerful than others. Her powerfulness would not be possible without her so called super powers, but her self confidence and attitude are also of great importance, since they allow her to take power. The essay shows that the complex book could work very well to help touch upon the equally complex subject of power and intersectionality, as well as upon other questions about life and identity, in the classroom.
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