Stereotypic contents in textbooks and discourse on Hindu minority in Pakistan

Abstract

Saadia Mesti

The purpose of the paper is to investigate the stereotypic concepts generated against Hindu minority in the discourse of Pakistani government schools textbooks. An attempt has been made to conduct a multidimensional research based investigation by using critical approach to discourse. The critical approach is used on selected text from a Pakistan studies textbook as a case. The analysis finds that writers use manipulation in order to transmit their political intentions. In such challenging socio cultural context, critical discourse studies must be taught at upper level of education. The implications suggest that critical approaches that are desperately needed in order to make teachers critically educated and they should not more than the consumers of textbooks contents. Critical approaches to discourse can play an important role to address some social and political biased realities and can also raise awareness among students about language manipulations used in these textbooks.

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