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Title: History textbooks, racism and the critique of Eurocentrism: beyond rectification or compensation
Authors: Araújo, Marta 
Rodríguez Maeso, Silvia 
Keywords: Eurocentrism; Race; Racism; Portugal; Education; History textbooks
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Project: FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-007554 
Serial title, monograph or event: Ethnic and Racial Studies
Volume: 35
Issue: 7
Abstract: This article is based on the theoretical framework developed within a research project on the construction of Eurocentrism and, more specifically, on the analysis of Portuguese history textbooks. We propose that the textbooks’ master narrative constitutes a power-evasive discourse on history, which naturalizes core processes such as colonialism, slavery and racism. Showing the limits of an approach that merely proposes the compensation or rectification of (mis)representations, we argue for the need to unbind the debate on Eurocentrism from a perspective that fails to make problematic the ‘very idea of Europe’. Accordingly, our analysis of Portuguese history textbooks focuses on three core narrative devices: (1) the chronopolitics of representation; (2) the paradigm of the (democratic) national state; and (3) the definitive bond between concepts and historical processes.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/42626
ISSN: 0141-9870
1466-4356
Other Identifiers: 10.1080/01419870.2011.600767
DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2011.600767
Rights: openAccess
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