Representing the Inuit in Contemporary British and Canadian Juvenile Non-Fiction

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The article draws on research conducted in Britain and Canada into representations of the Inuit in juvenile non-fiction. Through the examination of text and pictorial representations in reference books, and geographical and historical non-fiction, attention is drawn to the continuing prevalence of a wide range of stereotypes. With the help of a discussion group of Inuit and other residents of the Arctic, key issues are confronted and strengths and weaknesses of a variety of representations identified. The article concludes by recommending various approaches that would result in a more balanced image of the Inuit, and by analogy, of other indigenous people worldwide.

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David, R.G. Representing the Inuit in Contemporary British and Canadian Juvenile Non-Fiction. Children's Literature in Education 32, 139–154 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1010338629474

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  • Inuit
  • Arctic
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  • children's literature
  • non-fiction