For Home, Country, and Race: Constructing Gender, Class, and Englishness in the Elementary School, 1880-1914

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University of Toronto Press, 1 січ. 2000 р. - 300 стор.

The crucial role of compulsory schooling in the fostering of national identities is dynamically demonstrated in Stephen Heathorn's study of the elementary school system in England at the turn of the century. His book analyses how a specific ideal of English national heritage was consciously nurtured by the professionalizing educational establishment of the period. Implicit within this ideal was an ideology that reinforced gender, class, and race distinctions.

Heathorn bases his work on extensive primary material, including more than 450 different elementary schoolbooks. He unpacks the potent symbols and narratives of imperial-nationalist social prescriptions and establishes the centrality in the classroom of a racialized notion of Englishness dependent on middle-class assumptions about 'appropriate' class and gender roles. According to Heathorn, these social prescriptions marked a subtle shift from the mid-Victorian liberal discourse of self and moral improvement.

This insightful, well-documented study showcases the multifaceted nature of gender history, and explores the intersection of social, political, and cultural factors in the history of schooling and identity construction.

 

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Citizen Authors and the Language of Citizenship
24
The Syntax of National Identity The Liberal Master Narrative
56
Ethnicity and National Belonging
85
Imagining the Racial Other Within
115
The Home of the Race The Familial Imaginings of National Identity in Elementary Schooling
141
Narratives and Rituals of National Belonging
177
for Home Country and Race
199
READINGBOOK REQUISITION AND APPROVAL PRACTICES
219
READINGBOOK PUBLICATION FIGURES FOR SELECTED PUBLISHERS
224
STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN OF READER SAMPLE USED IN THIS STUDY
230
NOTES
233
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
279
INDEX
289
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STEPHEN HEATHORN is an assistant professor of history at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis.

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