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Recontextualizing Historical Injustice into Education: The Relationship Between a White Paper and a Textbook on the Abuse of the Roma in Swedish History

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In this chapter, Arvidsson and Elmersjö investigate the relationship between a White Paper on the historical abuse of the Roma in Sweden and a textbook on the same issue written for use in schools. The purpose is to develop a conceptual framework for understanding how historical knowledge produced by official inquiries and commissioned research, with the aim of making amends for past injustices, translates into teaching. Using the concepts of official knowledge and recontextualization, Arvidsson and Elmersjö show how the knowledge of the historical abuse of the Roma produced in the White Paper was recontextualized under the umbrella of general human rights education and, in the process, changed significantly.

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Arvidsson, M., Elmersjö, H.Å. (2021). Recontextualizing Historical Injustice into Education: The Relationship Between a White Paper and a Textbook on the Abuse of the Roma in Swedish History. In: Keynes, M., Åström Elmersjö, H., Lindmark, D., Norlin, B. (eds) Historical Justice and History Education. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-70412-4_2

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