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ERIC Number: ED569377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 180
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ISBN: 978-1-3039-1728-8
Cultural Representations in/as the Global Studies Curriculum: Seeing and Knowing China in the United States
Mungur, Amy
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Columbia University
This study is an examination of how two popular magazines, "National Geographic" and "Life" magazine, and one educational journal, "Social Education," perform the work of representation in general, and representing China more specifically. Drawing on postcolonial theorists (Blaut, 1993; Said, 1978; Tchen, 1999; wa Thiong'o, 1986; Willinsky, 1998), the perspectives employed throughout this study explore how representations can work to fix meaning and extend difference through imperialist structures and an orientalist lens. In addition, theories of photographic representation work alongside postcolonial perspectives to draw out the constructed nature of representation, and how representation--through language and/or image--can work to capture and secure the meaning of difference and perpetuate division. "National Geographic," "Life," and "Social Education" are pedagogical in different ways, yet all three used language and image to bring China into view for the Western reader. Conceptualized as sources of cultural pedagogy, these journals employed specific pedagogical practices, which reinforced imperialist structures of Western dominance over the non-Western world. Notably, "National Geographic"'s travelogue, "Life"'s photo-essay, and "Social Education"'s educational resources, worked to teach/instruct their readers, primarily middle class Americans, about China. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; United States