Education and the Making of Middle-class Mothers
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In this chapter I will discuss a subject that this writer and educationist was particularly passionate about, namely education and schooling during the early years of childhood. Tagore’s criticism still rings true today, but whereas he commented on institutional settings and formal learning I will focus on a less prominent aspect of schooling, namely the way parenting is implied in institutional practices and the way intimate relationships between mothers and their children are informed by wider socio-economic transformations. While children and childhood have been analysed as part of schooling in relation to regional modernities and the emerging cultures of globalization among the Asian middle classes (Chopra and Jeffery 2005), contemporary parenting and in particular the role of mothers, who are heavily implicated in educational practices, have rarely been discussed.