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Colonial stereotypes and Eurocentric history narratives: Changing representations in Swedish history textbooks between the 1970s and today
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to, with a post-colonial theoretical perspective, compare the form and prevalence of Eurocentrism and colonial stereotypes in Swedish history textbooks used in high schools, the thesis compares two periods, the 1970s (1971 and 1978) and the present (2011), time periods when the debate has been lively about colonial stereotypes and Eurocentrism. In previous research, scholars found that world history is often represented from a European perspective and thus the non-European history is only mentioned during the time of European settlement. Colonial stereotypes have survived from the time of imperialism to the 20th century, for example depicting the non-European as a homogenous mass as "the other" that often have to endure violence, famine and primitive way of life. In order to analyse the material, this thesis relies on a qualitative textual analysis. In addition, a simple quantitative analysis will be used in order to see the scope in page numbers of the use of Eurocentrism in history textbooks. The results show that the textbooks follow a European chronology of world history and discuss mostly the non-European history during the time of European colonialism. The colonial stereotypes are also evident but are less enhanced in today´s textbooks. To conclude, there are still Eurocentrism and colonial stereotypes in both time periods but in today´s history textbooks they are not as aggressively represented as during the 1970s

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2014. , p. 55
Keyword [en]
Post-colonialism, colonial stereotypes, Eurocentrism, History textbooks, Sweden
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-6439Local ID: EIS501OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-6439DiVA, id: diva2:732408
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Political science
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IPPE
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Available from: 2014-07-07 Created: 2014-07-04 Last updated: 2014-07-07Bibliographically approved

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