Education, Gender And Anxiety / Edition 1

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Overview

This interdisciplinary text explores the scope for applying psychoanalytical ideas to gender inequalities that are inherent in the educational system. Although modern education aims to egalitarian and meritocratic, it is still true that in most cases it does not improve the life chances of girls to the extent that it ought to, or does for boys. Based on literature gathered from North America, Europe and Britain, this text argues for an 'object relations' approach when analysing gender differences in subject choice and polarisation in reading, writing and drawing, and stresses the need to pay close attention to the unconscious processes which school settings mobilise. Analysing the concept of 'in Loco Parentis', it presents parenting as the emotional substructure of education, and suggests challenging areas for future empirical work.

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Shaw (sociology, U. of Sussex, England) pulls together literature on sociology, psychoanalysis, and feminism from North America and Europe to explore questions such as why gender divisions are so persistent in schools, why both sexes tend to choose sex- stereotypic subjects, and why single-sex schooling is controversial. She argues for an "object relations" approach to analyze gender differences and stresses the need to pay attention to the unconscious processes that school settings mobilize. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748401024
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Series: Gender and Society Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction: The Unconscious Curriculum 1
Ch. 2 Education, Sociology and Feminism: Themes and Perspectives and Object Relations 17
Ch. 3 Anxiety and Defence Mechanisms: Driving Forces 32
Ch. 4 Parenting and Teaching: Being Emotionally 'In Loco Parentis' 52
Ch. 5 The Unconscious Meanings of Reading 73
Ch. 6 Curricula and Transitional Objects 91
Ch. 7 Polarization, Subjects and Choice: 'Male Wounds' and 'Crossroads' 106
Ch. 8 Classroom Interaction, Gender and Basic Assumptions 122
Ch. 9 Fears, Fantasies and Divisions in Single-Sex Schools 129
Ch. 10 Conclusions: Gender Divisions in Future 143
Bibliography 149
Index 161
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