Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies - Bengt-Ove Andreassen

Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies - Bengt-Ove Andreassen

Cartographic Representations of Religion(s) in Norwegian Textbooks

Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies - Bengt-Ove Andreassen

Suzanne Anett Thobro [+-]
University of Tromsø
Suzanne Anett Thobro is a Fellow in the Department of History and Religious Studies, University of Tromsø.

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The point of departure for this study is the general tendency in Norwegian textbooks to describe religions as abstract objects, with no relations to time or space. Analysing cartographic representations in Norwegian textbooks for upper-secondary schools in the period from the 1930s to the present, the author describes how the use of maps has developed. A basic premise in her analysis is that the moment one visualizes religion(s) cartographically, spatialization occurs, albeit still as abstract object(s). Depending on the map’s view and on where the different religions (or adherents) are placed on the map, the different religions are made local, regional or world religions, and more or less affixed to specific areas.

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Thobro, Suzanne Anett. Cartographic Representations of Religion(s) in Norwegian Textbooks. Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 157-176 Apr 2014. ISBN 9781781790557. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=23879. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.23879. Apr 2014

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