Images of the religious other in religious instruction textbooks in Croatia

Marinović, Ankica (2008) Images of the religious other in religious instruction textbooks in Croatia. In: Images of the religious other: discourse and distance in the Western Balkans. CEIR (The Centre for Empirical Researches on Religion), Novi Sad, pp. 75-95. ISBN 978-86-84111-10-6

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The aim of this article is to find out how „ religious others“ are presented in the Catholic religious education textbooks for secundary schools (from 1st to 4th grade). The method of qualitative content analysis has been used. For this purpose „ religious others“ have been divided into four groups: 1. other Christian confessions (Serbian Orthodox Church, traditional Protestant denominations, other denominations of Reformation heritage) ; 2. Non-Christian religions (Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) ; 3. New religious movements ; 4. Non-religious people. At the most general level the authors of the textbooks have endeavoared to give a comprehensive presentation of all those religious groups that the concept „ religious other“ can be applied to. There is enough information for the pupils to acquire basic knowledge about those who believe in a different way or no at all. While the authors avoid explicit evaluations and strive to present objective „ facts“ , other religions are presented from the particular viewpoint of the Catholic Church, which means there is a selection bias in the facts that are presented and emphasized. The presentation of the new religious movements is characterized to a great extent by over-generalization, stereotypes and extreme examples. A certain rigidity and caution can be noticed when the authors speak of religious others.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Language: English. Second publisher: Kotor Network.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Religious other, religious instruction textbooks, Croatia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Karolina
Date Deposited: 11 May 2015 13:32
Last Modified: 11 May 2015 13:32

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