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GCSE textbook condemned for racist Caribbean stereotypes

Oct 8, 2018 by

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Outcry over ‘sweeping generalisations’ in Hodder Education sociology book

A GCSE textbook containing stereotypes about Caribbean families has been removed from sale following criticism from MPs and campaign groups.

A passage in AQA GCSE (9-1) Sociology said that Caribbean men were “largely absent” from family situations, without providing any evidence or context to support the claim. After an online backlash, the book’s publisher, Hodder Education, said it was taking the concerns “extremely seriously” and would stop supplying the book for sale.

The controversial paragraph in the sociology of families section says: “In Caribbean families, the fathers and husbands are largely absent and women assume the most responsibility in childrearing. When men and women live together, it is usually in cohabiting or common law relationships that reproduce the traditional patriarchal division of labour.

“The family system is also characterised by child-shifting – that is, the passing of children to other relatives or acquaintances if the parents find themselves unable to take care of them. As a result, multiple women are involved in childhood socialisation.”

Source: GCSE textbook condemned for racist Caribbean stereotypes | World news | The Guardian

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