Europe and the Reshaping of the Nation

  • Simona Szakács
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Educational Media book series (PSEM)


Szakács examines everyday schooling practices and educational media in post-socialist Romania by inquiring, first, how ‘Europe’ is discursively shaping the constructed notion of ‘nation’ and, second, how the ‘nation’ is reshaped via Romanian schooling. Analysing visual and interactional data from a variety of school contexts, interviews with teachers and educational experts, and history and civics textbooks and syllabi published before and after the 1998 reform, Szakács traces ‘Europe’ as a teaching topic, as symbolic imagery and as a category of ‘talk’. She argues that while Romanian education has kept some of its traditional characteristics in terms of national identity construction, it has equally witnessed significant changes: Europe, in particular, serves as a mirror to valorise the nation, while the nation itself has become increasingly cosmopolitan.


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  • Simona Szakács
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  1. 1.Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook ResearchMember of the Leibniz AssociationBrunswickGermany

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