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ERIC Number: EJ770471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Pages: 30
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
Designing Diversity: Globalization, Textbooks, and the Story of Nations
LaSpina, James Andrew
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v35 n6 p667-696 Jan 2003
I examine selected history textbooks marketed in the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. My focus is on representations of indigenous peoples and their place "in" the text. In design, these textbooks tend to balance inclusively the best of a nation's history with the "text" of progress. But when compared in a global context, indigenous history, past and present, works as a counter-text that undercuts the dominant myth of progress, troubling the symbolic coherence of this narrative and the imagined unity of national identity. I seek to articulate an appropriate, in global context, a transnational framework of historical representation, which connects indigenous history with worlds beyond the nation. (Contains 13 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; New Zealand; United States