Pedagogisation of nation identity through textbook narratives in China: 1902-1948

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Abstract

How to construct a national collective identity in a diversified population becomes a challenge for many nation states. Focusing on the tension between diversity, citizenship and national identity, this article adopts the lens of the pedagogical state to analyse national identity construction in Chinese political education textbooks published between 1902 and 1948. The purpose of this research was to explore the pedagogical mechanisms with which the textbook narratives accommodate the tensions of diversity in a culturally heterogeneous population and transmit a newly invented national identity (‘the Chinese nation’, Zhonghua minzu) to the masses. Two general rationales of persuasion are identified in the textbooks: narrative of origin and narrative of promise. Framing the analysis in China’s citizenship project by the state, this study argues that the textbooks lead the general public into a citizenship identity contract on the grounds of the two rationales. Copyright © 2014 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-112
JournalCitizenship Studies
Volume18
Issue number1
Early online dateFeb 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Citation

Zhao, Z. (2014). Pedagogisation of nation identity through textbook narratives in China: 1902-1948. Citizenship Studies, 18(1), 99-112.

Keywords

  • Citizenship
  • Diversity
  • National identity
  • Textbook
  • China
  • Pedagogical state