Textbooks, gender, and conflict in South Asia: building the nation
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed)
This chapter explores the intersection of nation building, curriculum, and its dissemination through textbooks and gender in South Asia. It focuses on the government textbooks in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, two South Asian countries that have faced identity-based conflict and violence. In processes of nation building, women and men’s roles become entrenched in traditional gender roles – men are associated with the protection of the physical boundaries of the state, while women, positioned in traditional roles as mothers and nurturers, are expected to protect the moral and cultural integrity of the state. Curriculum is a part of the reproduction of these gender divisions, which in the cases of Pakistan and Sri Lanka have contributed to violence. This chapter will give an overview of the relationship of gender and nation building, and the way this is integrated into curriculum in South Asian countries. It will then focus on the cases of Pakistan and Sri Lanka to demonstrate the connection between nation building, curriculum, gender, and conflict.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Education Systems in South Asia|
|Editors||Padma M. Sarangapani, Rekha Pappu|
|Number of pages||28|
|Publication status||Published - 15 May 2020|
|Name||Global Education Systems|