The Use of Postcolonial Theory in Social Studies Education
Keywords:social studies, global studies, citizenship education, postcolonial studies
In this essay I explain the basic tenets of postcolonial theory and its possible implications for teaching social studies and global issues in American high schools. The use of this theory is becoming more significant given the increasing Islamophobia and Orientalism in the U.S., the ongoing uprisings in the Middle East, and the divide between East and West at the international/political levels. Also, it recognizes the right of the Other for appropriate representation, self-determination, and justice. The essay allows scholars, teachers, and educators to enrich their strategies of critique, their pedagogical repertoire, and to prepare critically and globally informed citizens.