Author's notes: Authors' names are listed in alphabetical order; the coauthors contributed equally to this research. They would like to thank Francisco Ramirez, John Meyer, Patricia Bromley, members of Stanford University's Comparative Sociology Workshop, and two anonymous reviewers for helpful comments. Previous versions of this paper were presented at annual meetings of the Annual Sociological Association and the Comparative and International Education Society. Data collection used for this article was funded by a grant from the Spencer Foundation (200600003). Replication data and appendices are available at: http://www.elizabethbuckner.com/data.
Portraying the Global: Cross-national Trends in Textbooks’ Portrayal of Globalization and Global Citizenship†
Article first published online: 30 APR 2013
© 2013 International Studies Association
International Studies Quarterly
Volume 57, Issue 4, pages 738–750, December 2013
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2013) Portraying the Global: Cross-national Trends in Textbooks' Portrayal of Globalization and Global Citizenship. International Studies Quarterly, doi: 10.1111/isqu.12078and . (
- Issue published online: 12 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 30 APR 2013
Many have noted the rise of the global in academic and popular discourse. We ask how this global frame of reference has been incorporated into secondary social science textbooks, a realm traditionally dominated by nationalist discourse. Utilizing a data set from more than 500 secondary school textbooks from around the world, spanning 1970–2008, we describe the incorporation of mentions of globalization and global citizenship into textbooks over time and then use a multilevel model to determine the textbook and country-level variables associated with mentions of each. We find that globalization and global citizenship are both predicted by the textbook content's reflection of the external world, including international events and mentions of human rights. However, no cross-national economic or political differences systematically predict incorporation of these topics. We argue that mentions of globalization and global citizenship in textbooks are two manifestations of a world culture that increasingly emphasizes interconnectedness in postnational society.