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Social representations of European integration as narrated by school textbooks in five European nations

Sakki, Inari

International Journal of Intercultural Relations, November 2014, Vol.43, pp.35-47 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Social representations of European integration as narrated by school textbooks in five European nations
  • Autor: Sakki, Inari
  • Assuntos: European Integration ; Narratives ; Social Representations ; National Identity ; European Identity ; Textbooks ; Anthropology ; History & Archaeology ; Women'S Studies
  • É parte de: International Journal of Intercultural Relations, November 2014, Vol.43, pp.35-47
  • Descrição: Social representations of European integration in the school textbooks of five European countries (France, England, Germany, Finland and Sweden) are analyzed. By analyzing the history and civics textbooks of major educational publishers and by presenting a double content analysis of textbooks of five European countries, this study aims to demonstrate what is written on European integration and how it is portrayed. The study shows how textbooks function to shape the identity space through articulations of the symbology of history and identity. The results show how European identity is only very rarely portrayed as an end in itself, but dominantly as an instrument for the nations to gain power in the globalizing world or even as a threat. Despite the efforts to Europeanize educational systems in the EU-countries, the story of European integration is told from a national perspective in each country and textbooks are used as vehicles of nationalism.
  • Idioma: Inglês

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