Education, Gender And Anxiety

Education, Gender And Anxiety

by Jenny Shaw
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748401017
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Series:
Gender and Society Series
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Introduction: The Unconscious Curriculum1
Ch. 2Education, Sociology and Feminism: Themes and Perspectives and Object Relations17
Ch. 3Anxiety and Defence Mechanisms: Driving Forces32
Ch. 4Parenting and Teaching: Being Emotionally 'In Loco Parentis'52
Ch. 5The Unconscious Meanings of Reading73
Ch. 6Curricula and Transitional Objects91
Ch. 7Polarization, Subjects and Choice: 'Male Wounds' and 'Crossroads'106
Ch. 8Classroom Interaction, Gender and Basic Assumptions122
Ch. 9Fears, Fantasies and Divisions in Single-Sex Schools129
Ch. 10Conclusions: Gender Divisions in Future143
Bibliography149
Index161

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