Stereotypes, prejudices, self and ‘the other’ in history textbooks.

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dc.contributor.author Morgan, Katalin
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-19T09:39:01Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-19T09:39:01Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Morgan, K. 2012. Stereotypes, prejudices, self and ‘the other’ in history textbooks. Yesterday & today, 7:85-100, Jul. [http://www.sashtw.org.za/index2.htm] [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/5126] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2223-0386
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/6853
dc.description.abstract This article is a literature review of conceptions of stereotype, prejudice, underlying assumptions and images of self and other as relevant to history textbooks and related research. History textbooks are seen as representations of a nation’s official history as they build identity and form conceptions of morality in their readers. I address questions like, what are the underlying assumptions of history texts that lead to picturing ourselves and others? Could an understanding of the other be seen as a liability, given the moral responsibility it introduces? In seeking answers, instead of a sociological approach analysing the social systems of power and oppression, the perpetuating of stereotypes is viewed from an individual, psychological perspective. Hence, I ask how the psychology of hatred could be understood and what this implies for viewing the self in relation to the other through history education. I conclude by stressing that moral responsibility starts with the self and not with the other; and that the bigger enemy of history teaching is not prejudice and stereotype contained in pedagogic texts, but indifference or bystander behaviour that such texts could encourage. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher The South African Society for History Teaching (SASHT) under the auspices of the School of Basic Sciences, Vaal Triangle Campus, North-West University en_US
dc.subject Identity en_US
dc.subject Prejudice en_US
dc.subject History textbooks en_US
dc.subject Stereotype en_US
dc.subject Underlying assumptions en_US
dc.subject Moral responsibility en_US
dc.subject Psychology of hatred en_US
dc.title Stereotypes, prejudices, self and ‘the other’ in history textbooks. en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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