Swedish national minorities and the grand narrative of Sweden
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
This conference paper deals with how Swedish national minorities are represented in Swedish history textbooks for secondary school and upper-secondary school (2000–2014).In 2000, five of these national minorities (Jews, Roma, the Sami people [also indigenouspeople], Swedish Finns, and the Torne Valley Descendants/Tornedalians) were officiallyrecognized as national minorities in accordance with the Council of Europe’s FrameworkConvention for the Protection of National Minorities. This recognition has led to a revisionof national school curricula and syllabi in the subject history with the intention that allpupils should be taught about the national minorities. In this study of history textbooks Iinvestigate if and to what extent the revision of the curriculum has had an impact on thecontent of the textbooks. Such a change cannot be taken for granted, since there is no stateapproval scheme and teaching aidsIn my study of the implementation of revised curricula in history textbooks, I use two methodological approaches: a qualitative analysis of the content of textbook(s) and qualitative interviews with history teachers and authors of history textbooks. In this presentation,I will focus on the textbook analysis.In this study it is important to understand that the history textbook is a relatively conservativedomain. In fact, even though textbooks of course also facilitate the understanding ofthe actual curriculum, they can, in general, be regarded as an arena for ideological conflicts and compromises. It is very difficult to make more substantial changes in the narrative ofnational history because there is a hegemonic national narrative. In this paper I want to emphasize how problematic and complex the implementation of the revised curriculum objectives in Swedish history textbooks has been in the post-millenium era.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
textbook research, national minorities
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-262544OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-262544DiVA: diva2:854214
13th International Conference on Textbooks and Educational Media 11–13 September 2015 Berlin