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Subaltern Thinking in Religious Education? Postcolonial Readings of (German) Schoolbooks

  • This paper deals with the disclosure of subaltern thinking in current German-language textbooks for religious education. For the hermeneutical framing of this analysis, the approach of a postcolonial reading is particularly profitable. Obvious hierarchical relationships from clearly up and down can consequently be made visible and their presumed self-evidence unmasked. Even hidden hegemonic forms of expression can be uncovered in this way. With regard to current theology and religious education racism and misogyny, environmental degradation and sexual exploitation are attitudes that have already and almost as amatter of course been taken up critically. They are pedagogically reflected and attempted to overcome by using counter-models such as cultural diversity, equal rights, sustainability and sexual self-determination.In exciting contrast to this there are still nowadays textbooks used with remnants of exactly such formats of colonial thoughts. We argue that decolonising schoolbooks can be a useful part of decolonising the religious education curriculum. The schoolbook analysis carried out for this purpose is structured by four leading categories: Anthropological assumptions (1), religious classifications and interpretations (2), conceptions of culture and its hybridity (3) and finally the relationship to creation and environment (4). Textbooks from primary, secondary and vocational schools were examined.

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Verfasserangaben:Kathrin Winkler, Stefan Scholz
Titel des übergeordneten Werkes (Deutsch):British Journal of Religious Education / Special Issue
Jahr der Fertigstellung:2020
Datum der Freischaltung:07.12.2020
GND-Schlagwort:Religionsunterricht; Schulbuch; Analyse
Ausgabe / Heft:9
Erste Seite:103
Letzte Seite:122
DDC-Sachgruppen:200 Religion / 230 Theologie, Christentum
Zugriffsrecht:Frei zugänglich
Hochschulen:Evangelische Hochschule Nürnberg
Hochschulbibliographie:Evangelische Hochschule Nürnberg
Lizenz (Deutsch):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell 4.0 International