Reproducing Gender charts the development of a theory of gender relations built up over the last twenty years. This theory has been highly influential in establishing the importance of the sociology of women's education for the study of society. It demonstrates the power of feminist educational theory and research, and its role in creating new political and academic agendas.
This fascinating book explores gender relationships at all levels of schooling. It brings together political, social and cultural theories to understand continuity and change in gender and education. Madeleine Arnot, widely considered to be a pioneer in the field of gender and education, brings together for the first time in a single volume her most influential writings. This book is essential reading for students and academics in the areas of gender studies, women's studies, educational policy, sociology and history of education.
Table of Contents
1. Gender Codes and Educational Theory: An Overview 2. Socio-Cultural Reproduction and Women's Education 3. Cultural Reproduction: The Pedagogy of Sexuality 4. Schooling and Reproduction of Class and Gender Relations 5. A Cloud Over Co-education: An Analysis of the Forms of Transmission of Class and Gender Relations 6. Gegemony, Social Class and Women's Education 7. Schools and Families: Gender Contradictions, Diversity and Conflict 8. A Crisis in Patriarchy? State Regulation of Gender and Feminist Educational Politics 9. Sociological Understandings of Contemporary Gender Transformations in Schooling in the UK 1 0. 'Schooling in Capitalist America Revisited': Social Class, Gender and Race Inequalities in the UK 11. Basil Berstein's Sociology of Pedagogy: Female Dialogues and Feminist Elaborations 12. Gender Relations and Schooling in the New Century: Conflicts and Challenges
'Madeleine Arnot has been at the forefront of feminist scholarship in education since the early 1980s. This collection of her essays charts an absorbing intellectual history of her engagements with key theorists in educational sociology and feminist theory and politics in education. It is sophisticated, provocative, lively and essential reading for all with an interest in gender.' - Professor Jane Kenway, University of South Australia
'Madeleine Arnot is perhaps the most sophisticated and subtle feminist theorist of the sociology of education now writing in English' - Professor Kathleen Weiler, Tufts University
'The book is written in an accessible way. It provides a useful summary of the main explanations of 'the problem of boys' and relates these explanations to the literature ... a welcome book to the field.' - Gender and Education
'The achievements of an intellectual lifetime yet unfinished, all reduced to 288 tightly prose-packed pages, an attractive red and blue tome. Here is a sociological theory of gender relations that is critical and interpretative, comprehensive and uniquely experienced by the author ... This is a substantial contribution to feminist studies and the sociology of education...' - Emma Rich and John Evans, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Review Symposium
'Reproducing Gender is a valuable compilation of the writings of one of the leading writers in British sociology of education on the subject of gender ... The book is challenging and interesting work that invites us to explore the deep structures of educational thought and practice in the gender field.'' - Kathleen Lynch, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Review Symposium
'Written and published over more than twenty years, this collection of twelve essays represents a sustained engagement with the field of sociology of education through the lenses and problematics of gender reproduction theory and the question of power.' - Anthony Green, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Review Symposium
'This is a remarkable book of extensive scholarship and of theoretical originality and it will undoubtedly become a classic text in Gender Studies, Education Policy Studies and Studies in the Sociology of Education and Comparative Education.' - Cambridge Journal of Education