© 2012

The New Politics of the Textbook

Problematizing the Portrayal of Marginalized Groups in Textbooks

  • Heather Hickman
  • Brad J. Porfilio

Part of the Constructing Knowledge book series (CKCS, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Problematizing the Portrayal of Marginalized Groups in Textbooks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Theresa Montano, Rosalinda Quintanar-Sarellana
      Pages 17-30
  3. Math and Science Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Rachel Sutz Pienta, Ann Marie Smith
      Pages 33-47
    3. Robert Ceglie, Vida Olivares
      Pages 49-68
  4. English Language Arts Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Elizabeth Jaeger
      Pages 87-106
    3. Mary Christianakis, Richard Mora
      Pages 107-125
  5. Social Science & Humanities Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Christine Rogers Stanton
      Pages 173-194
    3. Lisa Zagumny, Amanda B. Richey
      Pages 195-213
    4. Caroline Knight
      Pages 215-233
    5. Kate Cummings
      Pages 259-271
    6. Denise Michelle Cornish, Sherrie Carinci, Jana Noel
      Pages 273-292

About this book


In an age of unprecedented corporate and political control over life inside of educational institutions, this book provides a needed intervention to investigate how the economic and political elite use traditional artifacts in K-16 schools to perpetuate their interests at the expense of minoritized social groups. The contributors provide a comprehensive examination of how textbooks, the most dominant cultural force in which corporations and political leaders impact the schooling curricula, shape students’ thoughts and behavior, perpetuate power in dominant groups, and trivialize social groups who are oppressed on the structural axes of race, class, gender, sexuality, and (dis)ability. Several contributors also generate critical insight in how power shapes the production of textbooks and evaluate whether textbooks still perpetuate dominant Western narratives that normalize and privilege patriotism, militarism, consumerism, White supremacy, heterosexism, rugged individualism, technology, and a positivistic conception of the world. Finally, the book highlights several textbooks that challenge readers to rethink their stereotypical views of the Other, to reflect upon the constitutive forces causing oppression in schools and in the wider society, and to reflect upon how to challenge corporate and political dominance over knowledge production.


culture and education textbooks

Editors and affiliations

  • Heather Hickman
    • 1
  • Brad J. Porfilio
    • 2
  1. 1.Lewis UniversityILUSA
  2. 2.Lewis UniversityILUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The New Politics of the Textbook
  • Book Subtitle Problematizing the Portrayal of Marginalized Groups in Textbooks
  • Editors Heather Hickman
    Brad J. Porfilio
  • Series Title Constructing Knowledge
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers 2012
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-6091-912-1
  • Series ISSN 2213-722X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXII, 316
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Education, general
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