Cultural Parallax and Content Analysis: Images of Black Women in High School History Textbooks

Christine Woyshner, Jessica B. Schocker

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Abstract

This study investigates the representation of Black women in high school history textbooks. To examine the extent to which Black women are represented visually and to explore how they are portrayed, the authors use a mixed-methods approach that draws on analytical techniques in content analysis and from visual culture studies. Their findings reveal that Black women are marginalized in high school history textbooks. Also, the authors argue that despite this dearth of Black women, they are portrayed in a greater variety of roles in the major Black history textbook on the market for secondary students. The study concludes by deriving a framework by which others may interpret the representation of Black women in texts and other curricular materials and by challenging traditional content analyses by bringing the notion of cultural parallax to bear on the widely used content analysis methodology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-468
Number of pages28
JournalTheory and Research in Social Education
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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