Becoming Women/Becoming Workers: Identity Formation in a French Vocational School

Becoming Women/Becoming Workers: Identity Formation in a French Vocational School

by Catherine Raissiguier
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791420868

ISBN-13: 9780791420867

Pub. Date: 09/28/1994

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This book traces the experiences of young French and Algerian women students in a Parisian vocational school - how they negotiate their class, gender, and ethnic/racial identities in relation to school, family, romance, and future work in a changing and unpromising economy. Drawn from classroom observations and personal interviews, the book provides a theoretical…  See more details below

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This book traces the experiences of young French and Algerian women students in a Parisian vocational school - how they negotiate their class, gender, and ethnic/racial identities in relation to school, family, romance, and future work in a changing and unpromising economy. Drawn from classroom observations and personal interviews, the book provides a theoretical framework for analyzing the complex network of cultural and historical discourses, limitations, and expectations that form the students' present lives and future outlook. The author links the micro and macro levels of her analysis by grounding her study in the nature of the French school, the discursive boundaries of French society, and the volatile French economy. The book contributes to an overall understanding of the processes of identity formation; class, race/ethnicity, and gender intersections; and women's responses to schooling and education.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791420867
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Series:
SUNY series, Power, Social Identity, and Education Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
211

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2Theoretical Framework15
Ch. 3Background of the Study27
Ch. 4Class, Gender, and Race in the School: Defining the Boundaries45
Ch. 5Class, Gender, and Race in the School: Silencing and Marginalization61
Ch. 6Negotiating Boundaries: Everyday Practices77
Ch. 7Schooling and Education: Students' Perspectives95
Ch. 8Visions for the Future: Work, Marriage, and Romance115
Ch. 9The Social Construction of Marginal Identities135
Ch. 10Summary and Conclusions155
Methodological Appendix169
Notes179
Bibliography193
Index209

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