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ERIC Number: ED389648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Stereotypes of Latin Americans Perpetuated in Secondary School History Textbooks.
Cruz, Barbara C.
Latino Studies Journal, v1 n1 p51-67 Jan 1994
This study reviewed six history textbooks widely used in grades 7-12 across the U.S. Using a story-line analysis, the findings of this study suggest: (1) textbooks reinforce negative stereotypes of Latin Americans as lazy, passive, irresponsible, and, somewhat paradoxically, lustful, animalistic and violent; (2) the method of description employed was the use of subtle or not-so-subtle adjectives, adverbs and parenthetical comments of derision; and (3) when Latin America and Latin Americans are included in the text, the usual role is through conflict, either the Mexican-American War or the Spanish-American War. The study contends that textbooks can be a useful resource but that a balance of presentation must be maintained. Contains 21 references and a list of 9 textbooks reviewed. (EH)
Latino Studies Journal, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Northeastern University, 521 Holmes Hall, Boston, MA 02116.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A