The Australian Educational Researcher

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 401–417 | Cite as

Class, honour and reputation: gendered school choice practices in a migrant community

  • Taghreed Jamal Al-deen


In this paper, I draw on a qualitative study of Iraqi-born Muslim mothers in Australia exploring how they navigate choosing secondary schools for their daughters. While the mothers interviewed for this study agreed on the importance of education and its role in facilitating upward social mobility for all their children, they articulated a specific and more complex set of concerns in relation to selecting schools for their daughters. This article suggests that families’ positions in the Australian diasporic Iraqi community are tied to girls’ schooling and, therefore, school choices are heavily gendered and contribute to a gendered structuring of family and community life. By analysing the narratives of Iraqi-born mothers, a deeper understanding emerges of the complex and varied outlooks of migrant Muslim parents on education and gender in their everyday practices of raising and educating their daughters.


School choice Migrant mothers Muslim girls Gender Family reputation Honour 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Faculty of Arts & EducationDeakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia

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