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1. Title Title of document Index - Textbook Violence
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country James Lewis; University of Tromsø; Norway
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Bengt-Ove Andreassen; University of Tromsø;
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Suzanne Thobro; University of Tromsø;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) religious education; religious textbooks; violence and conflict; violence in religious textbooks; representation of religion; subjective textbooks
5. Subject Subject classification religious education
6. Description Abstract Facing issues of violence and conflict, authors of textbooks for Religious Education (RE) choose a range of different strategies. While some try to write as non-controversially as possible about such issues, other authors choose to leave them completely out. Even in the academic study of religions, a well-established perspective is that religion is primarily something good, and important for societies as well as for human development. Such basic presumptions/perspectives are often nurtured by an apologetic orientation to the representation of religion. In some cases, religious violence and conflict are therefore considered disruptive forces that destroy what is “true,” “authentic” and “valuable” in religion.

Textbook Violence offers critical perspectives on how textbooks deal or not deal with issues of conflict and violence in religions. The volume’s contributions provide examples from textbooks for university level as well as from RE in schools, and include discussions of conflict and violence in a range of different religious traditions. The contributors bring issues of religious violence and conflict into focus through such questions as: In what way is violence and/or conflict treated? Who are the authorial voices? What are their aims? Who is the reader being addressed? How are the representations of religions framed by value judgments?

Beyond certain obvious ideological considerations (e.g., nationalism; the interests of religious pedagogues who contribute to textbooks in some countries), there are a number of different factors shaping representations of religions in textbooks – from commercial considerations and statutory stipulations to situations where publishers and national examination boards work closely together to produce textbooks with contents keyed to national exams. This means that authors have to face different expectations and considerations when writing textbooks. Textbook Violence will also include reflections on the choices such authors are facing.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
8. Contributor Sponsor(s)
9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 07-Aug-2017
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.34579
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Textbook Violence
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) world,
twentieth and twenty-first centuries
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd