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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.

Violent Conflict and Peace

The subject area “Violent conflict and Peace” contains textbook excerpts concerning wars of global significance as well as transnational and regional conflicts. The depictions of these events highlight the capacity of WorldViews to bring together the heterogeneous narratives of different countries, allowing them to participate in the presentation of a common history. Some textbook narratives dissociate themselves, retrospectively, from a partisan perspective in respect to violent conflicts of the past. In other cases partisan affiliations have become so ingrained that this positioning remains unquestioned after the end of armed conflicts. By way of contrast, this subject also encompasses depictions of peace processes and political negotiations that portray past and current endeavours for peaceful coexistence.

Structures of Power, Dominance and Freedom

The subject area “Structures of Power, Dominance and Freedom” contains textbook extracts about colonialism and imperialism as well as depictions which deal with overcoming imbalances of power and the post-colonial era. This subject area also comprises descriptions of different social and political movements from the past or the present, which oppose unequal distributions of power and oppression in favour of freedom and independence.

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

Transnational and International Relations and Organisations

The subject area “Transnational and International Relations and Organisations” contains textbook extracts which deal with diplomatic and other institutionalised bi- and multilateral relations between different countries and regions. Organised associations between states and their activities in the areas of international politics, economics, and law (i.e. human rights, development cooperation, and humanitarian aid) are reflected alongside the political positions of the countries for which the textbooks were written.

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