A1 Journal article – refereed

Multicultural Literature and the Use of Literature in Multicultural Education in Finland




List of Authors: Juli-Anna Aerila, Lydia Kokkola

Publisher: IBBY

Place: The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA

Publication year: 2013

Journal: Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature

Number in series: 2

Volume number: 51

Issue number: 2

ISSN: 0006-7377


Abstract
This paper traces the presentation of these traditional minority groups in Finland and the emergence of literature incorporating the more recently arrived groups of immigrants in the history of Finnish language children´s literature. We contextualize the development of multicultural themes in children´s literature within the history of Finnish nation-building and the county´s struggles for indepence. We conlude with brief consideration of how these less than ideal books might, nevertheless, serve to promote pluralism.


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