The Internal Meaning of the Adverse Notional Conceptions About the West and East in Greek Society and Culture and the Adherence to Specific Cultural and National Stereotypes

By George Stavrianos, Paraskevi Golia, Ifigenia Vamvakidou, Argyris Kyridis and Christos Zagkos.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The present research aims at exploring how the terms West-East are perceived by Greek University students. The research attempts to elucidate the students’ perceptions about and attitudes towards the different semantic description of the specific terms in History as well as everyday life. The sample consists of 138 written texts produced by students attending Greek Universities. The content analysis of the texts under research reveals the stereotypical confusion about the historical, topological and cultural meaning of the terms in a Eurocentric view. The semiotic analysis highlights specific choice and use of notions and paradigms about the states that belong in the West-East. The results of the analysis demonstrate that national history teaching as well as the discourse of the media construct stereotypical perceptions about people and life in the West-East.

Keywords: East, West, Civilizations, Culture, Religion, Education

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.17-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 578.980KB).

Dr. George Stavrianos

Balkan Studies, University of Western Macedonia, Greece

Dr in Literature

Dr. Paraskevi Golia

Pedagogic School, University of West Macedonia, Greece

Teacher of Primary Education. Graduate of Pedagogic Academy Florina in 1986 and of Pedagogic Department of Education of Florina, Aristotle University, in 1998. She attended Postgraduated Studies in Pedagogic- Humanities and Historical Studies at the same University. MS in faculty of Education, Pedagogic Department of Florina, Aristotle University Thessaloniki: ''Ideological Direction of the Greek Students of Ex Soviet Union (1925-1937): A research in language school books''. She is Dr in Educational Politics at the University of West Macedonia (Florina, Greece) and she is assistant in teaching Modern History. She has published several papers in Greek and European scientific journals about pedagogic. She had created also educational software in education.

Dr. Ifigenia Vamvakidou

Assistane Professor, Pedagogic School, University of Western Macedonia, Greece

She has studied Modern History and Philosophy of History at the University of Salonica. She has obtained her Ph.D. in Modern History of Greece at the same University and attended Postgraduated Studies in Philosophy of History at the same University. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of West Macedonia (Florina, Greece), where she teaches Modern History, Cultural Studies and History of Art and Education. She has published several papers in Greek and European scientific journals about intercultural teaching of history and History of Art. She is the writer of the book in greek: Thraces in 1821 and the artistic monuments as historical sources.

Prof Argyris Kyridis

Professor, Pedagogic School, University of Western Macedonia, Greece

Professor of Sociology

Christos Zagkos

Phd, Pedagogic School, University of Western Macedonia, Greece

Phd Student

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