A feminist post-structuralist analysis of an exemplar South African school History text

  title={A feminist post-structuralist analysis of an exemplar South African school History text},
  author={Jill Fardon and Sonja Schoeman},
  journal={South African Journal of Education},
A feminist post-structuralist perspective offers an alternative paradigm for the study of gender bias in History texts. It focuses on multiple perspectives and open interpretation, opens up space for female voices of the past and present, and deconstructs realist historical narrative. Our aim in this article is to discuss feminist post-structuralism as an innovative approach to History as a school subject, and to demonstrate its implications for the analysis of school History texts. We seek to… 

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