School Choice—Not Only Shaped by Class



This chapter extends class analysis of school choice through a consideration of gender and ethnic values, including religious and cultural values. School choice for this group of mothers is not only affected by parents’ access to class resources, but also by cultural modules linked to honour and reputation, grounded in some cases in their interpretation of Islamic rules. This chapter argues that school choices are heavily gendered and contribute to the gendered structuring of family and community. It provides deeper understanding of the complex and varied outlooks of migrant Muslim mothers on education and gender in their everyday practices of raising and educating their children. Although the selection of ‘good’ schools based on education quality was important, mothers’ choices were simultaneously defined by the struggle for recognition of family position, respectability, status and reputation with reference to their ethnic community as well as wider society.


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  1. 1.Deakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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