The Politics of Women's Education: Perspectives from Asia, Africa, and Latin America / Edition 1

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In the last twenty-five years women have made remarkable progress in access to the classroom and broken new ground in educational opportunity, yet educational equity remains elusive and politically contested. THE POLITICS OF WOMEN'S EDUCATION: PERSPECTIVES FROM ASIA, AFRICA, AND LATIN AMERICA collects essays that reveal the complex changes in women's education throughout the world and together offer the first comprehensive assessment of what has been attempted, what remains to be done, and what the options are for reform. The volume presents the voices of Third World women and men relating their efforts to improve the position of women through education. They raise important questions for readers from both high- and low-income countries, questions about whether formal or nonformal education will best serve women's needs; whether the state or private initiatives are most likely to succeed in raising women's status through the delivery of transforming knowledge; and whether Western dreams of modernization have any relevance to non-Western societies. A diversity of countries is covered, including India, Pakistan, Korea, the Philippines, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Peru, and Brazil. Each contributor locates the issues surrounding women's education in the larger national context, thus unraveling the matrix that links gender and education to race, ethnicity, social class, and political change. Two essays offer analysis of the worldwide movement for women's education from a comparative perspective and raise fundamental questions about the relevance of the educational models, approaches, and assumptions currently in use.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472083282
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Series: Women and Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
A Survey of Gender Issues and Educational Development in Asia 15
Women's Education in India 23
Healing the Wounds of Development 45
Women's Education in Pakistan 59
Work, Education, and Women's Gains: The Korean Experience 77
Women's Education as an Instrument for Change: The Cafe of the Philippines 105
An Overview of Women's Education in Africa 123
Enhancing Women's Participation in the Science-Based Curriculum: The Case of Kenya 133
Educational Expansion, Cost Considerations, and Curriculum Development in Zimbabwe 149
An Overview of Women's Education in Latin America and the Caribbean 171
Citizenship and Education in Peru and Mexico: Political Challenges for the 1990s 183
Persistent Inequalities in Women's Education in Peru 207
Alternative Education for Women in Peru 217
Education, Race, and Inequality in Brazil 223
The Economics of Women's Schooling 237
Rethinking the Impact of Women's Education 245
Contributors 259
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