Models of Society and Visions of the Future

The subject area “Models of Society and Visions of the Future” comprises textbook sources containing ideal concepts of the society of a country or a larger social entity. The extracts convey hopes, expectations and fears that are rooted in certain historical situations as well as the present. The textbook extracts might address, for example, different areas of societal interaction or might evaluate economic and political systems. In colonial or post-colonial contexts certain countries are portrayed as progressive or backward in comparison to others by structuring underlying narratives with the help of keywords such as demography, migration, or globality.

Systems of Meaning

The subject area “Systems of Meaning” contains textbook extracts dealing with different religious as well as mystical and philosophical movements. They are integrated into the WorldViews edition if they are characterised by an inter-regional or international dimension. The subject area also contains depictions relating to overarching topics such as missionary work or secularisation.

Constructions of Space and Belonging

The subject area “Constructions of Space and Belonging” contains textbook extracts dealing with geographically or spatially-related internal and external labelling processes. Labels used include constructs such as Europe, the Arab world, the Orient, or the Global South, but also concepts such as identity or the nation state. National concepts and models of identification are often shaped by depictions of belonging or exclusion and are reflected in textbooks in a number of different ways. zzz

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