Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Making Educated Girls in the Global South: Insights from Educational Anthropology

  • Karishma Desai
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_426


The education of girls and women has been heralded as a panacea for community and national change in global discourses. Commonsense understandings suggest that changing the human capital potential of girls will inform the economic and moral progress of a nation. As such, girls’ education has been centered in reaching international development goals such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and, more recently, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and through campaigns like Let Girls Learn and Girl Effect, governments are pressured to make policy changes to increase the number of girls in school. Certainly, the discourses of international development campaigns and policies hold aspirations for what educated girls and women should be like, and as such, girls become objects of reform. These aspirations are articulated through formal and informal educational sites and interface with local constructs of gender and perceptions of femininity. This encyclopedia entry traces...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Teachers CollegeColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Heather Greenhalgh-Spencer
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  1. 1.Texas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA