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Negotiating the Nation in History: The Swedish State Approval Scheme for Textbooks and Teaching Aids from 1945 to 1983
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (History and Education)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4500-5502
2016 (English)In: Journal of Educational Media, Memory and Society, ISSN 2041-6938, E-ISSN 2041-6946, Vol. 8, no 2, 16-35 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the discussions concerning history textbooks that occurred within the Swedish State Approval Scheme for Textbooks (Statens läroboksnämnd) from 1945 to 1983. By focusing on the negotiation of nationhoodand the process of textbook approval as an arena for the renegotiation of ways in which history was taught in schools, the article reveals that nationalistic sentiment associated with the historical discipline was challenged by intercultural and materialist discourses during the period under examination. However, much of the debate within the State Approval Scheme for Textbooks indicates that an ethnic nationalist discourse and competing discourses introduced in new syllabi for history education after 1945 tended to converge.

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Berghahn Journals , 2016. Vol. 8, no 2, 16-35 p.
Keyword [en]
education, history textbooks, nation, negotiation, textbook approval
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History Educational Sciences
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history of education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-126780DOI: 10.3167/jemms.2016.080202OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-126780DiVA: diva2:1044759
Available from: 2016-11-06 Created: 2016-10-13 Last updated: 2016-11-06

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