The Schooling of Girls in Britain and Ireland, 1800- 1900
By (author) Jane McDermid
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Schooling of Girls in Britain and Ireland, 1800- 1900 by Jane McDermid
Book DescriptionThis book compares the formal education of the majority of girls in Britain and Ireland in the nineteenth century. Previous books about 'Britain' invariably focus on England, and such 'British' studies tend not to include Ireland despite its incorporation into the Union in 1801. The Schooling of Girls in Britain and Ireland, 1800-1900 presents a comparative synthesis of the schooling of working and middle-class girls in the Victorian period, with the emphasis on the interaction of gender, social class, religion and nationality across the UK. It reveals similarities as well as differences between both the social classes and the constituent parts of the Union, including strikingly similar concerns about whether working-class girls could fulfill their domestic responsibilities. What they had in common with middle-class girls was that they were to be educated for the good of others. This study shows how middle-class women used educational reform to carve a public role for themselves on the basis of a domesticated life for their lower class 'sisters', confirming that Victorian feminism was both empowering and constraining by reinforcing conventional gender stereotypes.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415181969
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jane McDermid
Schooling of Working Class Girls in Victorian Scotland, Hardback (July 2005)» View all books by Jane McDermid
Examining the gender-blindness of the educational tradition, this book tests the claim of superiority for the Scottish system, and questions the assumption that Scottish women were either passive victims or willing dupes of a peculiarly patriarchal ideal. It provides a comparative study of Scottish society during a period of tremendous upheaval.
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Author Biography - Jane McDermid
Jane McDermid is Reader in Women's and Gender History at Southampton University. She is the author of The Schooling of Working-Class Girls in Victorian Scotland: Gender, Education and Identity (Routledge, 2005) and has served on the Steering Committee of the UK's Women's History Network, 2005-09.
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