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Ordinary Finns and Minority Folk: The Representation of Minorities and Colonialism in History Education in Finland
Åbo Akademi University.
2023 (English)In: Nordidactica: Journal of Humanities and Social Science Education, ISSN 2000-9879, Vol. 13, no 2023:4, p. 39-61Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although the population of Finland has always been culturally and linguistically diverse, history education in Finland has nonetheless long excluded the history of its minorities and its colonial past. Instead, history education has portrayed Finland as a historically homogeneous nation-state. This article examines the representation of minorities in Finland and the portrayal of colonialism in 18 history textbooks used in Finnish basic education, written in both Finnish and Swedish. It uses discourse analysis to investigate how the selected history textbooks discuss minorities and colonialism within their texts. The study finds that there are significant differences between textbooks written in Finnish and Swedish, the latter including more information of, and critical perspectives on, minorities and colonialism. Nonetheless, many minority groups remain invisible in all the analysed textbooks. Finally, the textbooks, for their part, mainly associate colonialism with overseas activities and do not delve into Nordic colonialism in Sápmi.

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Karlstad: CSD Karlstad , 2023. Vol. 13, no 2023:4, p. 39-61
Keywords [en]
HISTORY EDUCATION, MINORITIES, TEXTBOOK RESEARCH
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History; Subject-specific education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-97081OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-97081DiVA, id: diva2:1808196
Available from: 2023-10-30 Created: 2023-10-30 Last updated: 2023-10-30Bibliographically approved

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