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Intercultural Perception and Social Change as Seen in Human Figure Drawings by School Children in Jordan

Helga Unger-Heitsch
Zeitschrift für Ethnologie
Bd. 126, H. 2 (2001), pp. 269-291
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25842826
Page Count: 23
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Intercultural Perception and Social Change as Seen in Human Figure Drawings by School Children in Jordan
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Abstract

Like all interpretative approaches the analysis of drawings implies the risk of misunderstandings and shortcomings. However, there is no question about the fact that it can give us important hints regarding the role of major socialising factors such as school and television. Through analysis of drawings we can get relevant clues concerning the construction of ethnic identity. Role identification is one important element within identity concepts and an important factor regarding the representation of "the other". Recurring features within the drawings therefore might even give us important clues about the probability of peaceful coexistence of one group with the other. After a brief historical summary of childrens' Human Figure drawings, the following contribution describes the concept of gender as derived from male and female H.F. drawings by school-children of 2 bedouin villages in Jordan. The drawings have been collected over a period of 10 years in order to get some hints about cultural change: The second set of children's drawings prove that the teachers's work towards emancipation for muslim female pupils according to western standards does not yet bear a significant influence on their cultural value system. Nevertheless theire are noticable differences and signs of change.

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