Designing diversity: globalization, textbooks, and the story of nations
I examine selected history textbooks marketed in the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. My focus is on representations of indigenous peoples and their place in the text. In design, these textbooks tend to balance inclusively the best of a nation's history with the text of progress. But when compared in a global context, indigenous history, past and present, works as a counter-text that undercuts the dominant myth of progress, troubling the symbolic coherence of this narrative and the imagined unity of national identity. I seek to articulate an appropriate, in global context, a transnational framework of historical representation, which connects indigenous history with worlds beyond the nation.