Constructing Israeli and Palestinian Identity: A Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis of World History Textbooks and Teacher Discourse

Daniel Joseph Osborn



This research critically evaluates the depiction of Israelis and Palestinians in World History textbooks and World History teachers’ instructional discourse. Employing a Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis methodology, offers a comparison between written narratives and spoken discourse in order to analyze the portrayals found in classrooms. This research found that Israelis and Palestinians are almost entirely depicted in relation to war and conflict. This establishes parameters for the ways either population can be characterized while obscuring substantive recognition of either community’s diversity and cultural identities. 


social studies; teacher discourse; collective identity; representation

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