|Author(s)||Fernqvist, S., von Gerber, C., & Näsman, E.|
|Editor||Ross, A. (ed) Citizenship Education in Society|
Sweden is an affluent country but in the midst of the welfare state some families suffer from economic hardship. This condition is especially frequent among single parent families, ethnic minority families and families with several children. We analyse the everyday life of children in such families and explore the impact of economic hardship on children in various contexts. This paper focuses on the school and to which extent schools deal with the inequality among children in order to give children from families who are hard up equal opportunities to schooling and a good social life within the school context. We use the UN convention on the rights of the child as the normative framework for our analyses.