Colonialism, Race, and Gender

A Multimodal Analysis of an Indonesian Textbook


  • Indah Wahyu Puji Utami Universitas Gadjah Mada


Race, gender, colonialism, multimodal discourse analysis, history textbook


This study aims to unpack the complex representation of ideology and discourses of colonialism, race, and gender. Using social semiotic as framework, this research investigates the meaning behind the text and images in an official history textbook published by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC). The images were counted and categorized before they were analyzed using multimodal discourse analysis. In term of visual design and the layout of the pages in the textbook, there is ample evidence that events and figures were depicted differently. This study also indicates a tendency of male domination in history textbook, particularly the indigenous males. Meanwhile, the indigenous females were given a stage in the history textbook even though it is limited.




How to Cite

Utami, I. W. P. . (2021). Colonialism, Race, and Gender: A Multimodal Analysis of an Indonesian Textbook. Jurnal Sejarah, 4(1). Retrieved from