Mothering Work: Supporting Children’s Education at Home



This chapter documents and examines the extensive and diverse range of work the mothers do to support their children’s education. Participating in educational activities at home requires mothers to deploy a range of strategies to generate different types of capital for their children in relation to their education at home and their role and status within the family. This chapter examines how a mothers’ activities produce varied outcomes: whereas some activities generate cultural capital, others are unproductive. It shows that the mothers are conscious that the migration experiences have undermined their ability to mobilise cultural capital with ease. It argues that migration interrupts the reproduction of cultural capital in a linear way, meaning that the production conditions do not, in fact, correspond to its function conditions. As a result of this interruption, some mothers experience a further discontinuity of their cultural capital as incompatible within the educational field in Australia.


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  1. 1.Deakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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