Schooling the Daughters of Marianne: Textbooks and the Socialization of Girls in Modern French Primary Schools

Schooling the Daughters of Marianne: Textbooks and the Socialization of Girls in Modern French Primary Schools

by Linda L. Clark
     
 

ISBN-10: 0873957865

ISBN-13: 9780873957861

Pub. Date: 06/28/1984

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This first book-length study of girls’ primary education in France gives a concrete picture of how Frenchwomen were, and are, prepared for their roles in society.

Until the 1960s, the primary school provided the only formal education for the majority of French children. Long recognized as a major inculcator of patriotic and moral values, the French primary

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Overview

This first book-length study of girls’ primary education in France gives a concrete picture of how Frenchwomen were, and are, prepared for their roles in society.

Until the 1960s, the primary school provided the only formal education for the majority of French children. Long recognized as a major inculcator of patriotic and moral values, the French primary school also played the vital role of preparing girls for their expected adult lives.

Linda L. Clark describes in detail this socialization process. By analyzing a wide variety of documents from 1870 to the present—textbooks, curriculum materials, students’ notebooks, examination questions, inspectors’ reports, and teachers’ memoirs—she has uncovered not only what was taught to girls, but the social and political assumptions that lay behind the primary school’s messages about feminine personalities and activities.

The book goes on to establish the relationship of feminine images to important aspects of French social, economic, and political life. A chapter on the preparation of girls for the world of work, for example, reveals the discrepancy between formal teaching about “femininity” and women’s actual participation in society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873957861
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/28/1984
Series:
SUNY Series on European Social History
Pages:
224

Table of Contents

List of Tables

Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Girls' Primary Education in the Nineteenth Century: Traditions and Innovations

2. Prescribing Values and Behavior: Feminine Images in Textbooks, 1880-1914

3. The School's Dissemination of Feminine Images and Reactions to Them, 1880-1914

4. From World War I to World War II: Continuity and Change in Curriculum and Textbooks

5. The Feminine Image and Social and Economic Realities, 1880-1940

6. From Vichy through the Fourth Republic

7. The Fifth Republic: Educational Reforms and Reevaluations of Girls' Schooling

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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