This text looks at the ways in which women as mothers are positioned in society in terms of ethnicity, social class and marital status. Using case study material the author expands her assessment to analyse the way women's educational experience influences their involvement in their children's schooling. The book examines the support of the mother in her child's schooling to reveal the part she plays in social reproduction and to recognize her centrality to an understanding of social class. The book should be of interest to undergraduates in the sociology of education, gender studies, and to those studying PGCE primary education.

chapter Chapter 1|6 pages


chapter Chapter 2|8 pages

Hidden from View: Mothers in Parental Involvement

chapter Chapter 3|20 pages

Women and Social Class: A Different Version

chapter Chapter 4|12 pages

Mothers and their Children's Schools

chapter Chapter 6|32 pages

'A Labour of Love'

chapter Chapter 7|25 pages

'Just Talking to the Teacher?'

chapter Chapter 8|20 pages

Social Whirls and Domestic Routines

chapter Chapter 9|14 pages

Men on the Margins

chapter Chapter 10|7 pages

The Conclusion