For Home, Country, and Race: Gender, Class, and Englishness in the Elementary School, 1880-1914 (BOK)

Stephen J. Heathorn

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The crucial role of compulsory schooling in the fostering of national identities is dynamically demonstrated in Stephen Heathorn's study of the elementary school system in England at the turn of the century. His book analyses how a specific ideal of English national heritage was consciously nurtured by the professionalizing educational establishment of the period. Implicit within this ideal was an ideology that reinforced gender, class, and race distinctions. Heathorn bases his work on extensive primary material, including more than 450 different elementary schoolbooks. He unpacks the potent symbols and narratives of imperial-nationalist social prescriptions and establishes the centrality in the classroom of a racialized notion of Englishness dependent on middle-class assumptions about 'appropriate' class and gender roles. According to Heathorn, these social prescriptions marked a subtle shift from the mid-Victorian liberal discourse of self and moral improvement. This insightful, well-documented study showcases the multifaceted nature of gender history, and explores the intersection of social, political, and cultural factors in the history of schooling and identity construction.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2000 Forfatter Stephen J. Heathorn
University Of Toronto Press
ISBN 9780802044365
Antall sider 288 Dimensjoner 15,9cm x 23,5cm x 2,8cm
Vekt 616 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Cultural studies