The social construction of gender in schoolbooks. A coding frame for analyzing subtle and blatant forms of gender unfairness in texts and pictures

Moser, Franziska; Hannover, Bettina; Becker, Judith (2013). The social construction of gender in schoolbooks. A coding frame for analyzing subtle and blatant forms of gender unfairness in texts and pictures. Gender : Zeitschrift für Geschlecht, Kultur und Gesellschaft, 5(3), pp. 77-93. Barbara Budrich

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Inspired by the German feminist movement of more than 40 years ago, analyses of gender depictions in schoolbooks have revealed that female characters are represented less frequently and more often in gender-stereotypical roles than male characters. While in Germany gender inequality has clearly declined since the 1970s, subtle forms of discrim ination in schoolbooks persist. This study documents the development of a coding frame for analyzing the extent of gender (un)fairness in texts and pictures in German and Maths textbooks that are currently being used in German schools. In addition to determining the frequencies of female and male characters and the gender-typicality of their roles and activities, this coding frame permits an analysis of two subtle mechanisms of gend er inequality: the use of gender (un)fair language and the spatial arrangements of female and male characters. First results of the application of the coding frame to Germ an and Maths books are described in the discussion.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Moser, Franziska

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1868-7245

Publisher:

Barbara Budrich

Language:

German

Submitter:

Franziska Moser

Date Deposited:

30 Mar 2016 09:49

Last Modified:

16 Oct 2019 14:19

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.79243

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/79243

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