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Committed mothers and well-adjusted children: privatisation, early-years education and motherhood in Calcutta

Donner, Henrike (2006) Committed mothers and well-adjusted children: privatisation, early-years education and motherhood in Calcutta. Modern Asian Studies, 40 (2). pp. 371-395. ISSN 1469-8099

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Abstract

This article explores new definitions of good mothering amongmiddleclass families in Calcutta and the way early years education, which has become popular over the last two decades has reshaped women’s lives as daughters-in-law and mothers of successful future white-collar workers. Through a detailed ethnography of mothers attitudes to preschool education and the parenting practices associated with it the article explores their roles as consumers within a highly competitive local educational landscape, and argues that it is in through preschool education and the related practises that these women actively shape discourses of politics and modernity.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJourna...
Additional Information: © 2006 Cambridge University Press
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2008 15:52
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/660/

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