Education in Post-Conflict Transition: The Politicization of Religion in School Textbooks

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Gorana Ognjenović, Jasna Jozelić
Springer, 2017 M10 3 - 316 pages
This book offers vivid insights into policies of religious education in schools since the series of wars in former Yugoslavia in the 1990's. It traces the segregation among members of different ethnic groups in Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia, which has never been greater or more systematic. It aims to be a necessary step in understanding the origins of this systematic segregation and how it is reproduced in educational practice, asserting that the politicization of religion in the school textbooks is one of the motors responsible for the ongoing ethnic segregation. It also deals with complex aspects of this issue, such as the general situation of religion in the different countries, the social position of churches, the issues of gender, the reconciliation after the Yugoslav Wars, and the integration of the EU.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Oh Sister Where Art Thou?
9
The Legitimization of a Divided Society
21
Chapter 4 Islamic Religious Instruction in the Context of EU Integration and Education Reform
33
Social Changes and Adjustable Politicization of the Catholic Church
61
Catholic Religious Education Between Local and Global Perspectives
99
How Do They Teach Atheism?
129
Chapter 8 Politicization of Religious Textbooks in Slovenia
154
Chapter 10 Religious Education in Serbia as a Litmus Test for ChurchState Relations
211
Chapter 11 The Politicization of Religion and Ethnic Distance in Serbian School Textbooks
231
Chapter 12 An Analysis of the Religious Education Textbooks in Serbia
251
Chapter 13 The Analysis of the Textbooks for Orthodox Religious Education in Serbia
273
Religion at School To Teach or not to Teach? The Case of Kosovo
299
Conclusion
307
Index
309
Copyright

Chapter 9 Religious Education and the Large Group Identity
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Gorana Ognjenović is Research Fellow at the University in Oslo, Norway. She is contributing editor of an anthology Responsibility in Context (Springer 2009) and contributing co-editor with Jasna Jozelić of Politicization of Religion, The Power of Symbolism (Palgrave 2014) and Politicization of Religion, The Power of State, Nation, Faith (Palgrave 2014), Revolutionary Totalitarianism, Pragmatic Socialism, Transition (Palgrave 2016), Titoism, Self-determination, Nationalism, Cultural Memory (Palgrave 2016).
Jasna Jozelić is Advisor at Norwegian Center for Human Rights and Dr. philos candidate at the University in Oslo, Norway. She is contributing editor with Gorana Ognjenović of Politicization of Religion, The Power of Symbolism (Palgrave 2014) and Politicization of Religion, The Power of State, Nation, Faith (Palgrave 2014), Revolutionary Totalitarianism, Pragmatic Socialism, Transition (Palgrave 2016), Titoism, Self-determination, Nationalism, Cultural Memory (Palgrave 2016).

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