Normalizing the Boundaries


in Schooling the National Imagination

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198062752
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080205 | DOI:
Normalizing the Boundaries

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While the previous chapter examined how textbooks constitute a national-cultural imaginary by defining the nation's symbols, icons, and narratives — historical and mythical — this chapter explores the structure and nature of the nation which the texts construct through a description of the everyday lives of people. It considers how the education process through English textbooks seeks to distance as well as integrate the constituents of its nation, inferiorizes and marginalizes social groups in the very act of assimilating them, and in the process seeks to contain social conflict.

Keywords: English textbooks; education policy; nation; marginalization; social groups; social conflict

Chapter.  10599 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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