Schoolsmart and Motherwise: Working-Class Women's Identity and Schooling

Schoolsmart and Motherwise: Working-Class Women's Identity and Schooling

by Wendy Luttrell
     
 

School-smart and Mother-wise illustrates how and why American education disadvantages working-class women when they are children and adults. In it we hear working-class women—black and white, rural and urban, southern and northern—recount their childhood experiences, describing the circumstances that led them to drop out of school. Now enrolled in

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School-smart and Mother-wise illustrates how and why American education disadvantages working-class women when they are children and adults. In it we hear working-class women—black and white, rural and urban, southern and northern—recount their childhood experiences, describing the circumstances that led them to drop out of school. Now enrolled in adult education programs, they seek more than a diploma: respect, recognition, and a public identity. Drawing upon the life stories of these women, Wendy Luttrell sensitively describes and analyzes the politics and psychodynamics that shape working-class life, schooling, and identity. She examines the paradox of women's education, particularly the relationship between schooling and mothering, and offers practical suggestions for school reform.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415910118
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Series:
Perspectives on Gender Series
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1Becoming Somebody1
2Stories From The Field13
3Schoolsmart and Motherwise23
4Childhood Ambitions37
5Storied Selves and School Mission53
6Teachers and Their Pets73
7Schools and Mothers91
8The Push and Pull of School107
9Lessons from the Women's Stories113
Notes127
References147
Index161

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