Mothering and the work of educational care - an integrative approach

Deborah Golden, Lauren Erdreich

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This article, through looking at mothers' modes of engagement with their children's education, proposes an integrative analytical approach to the study of the making of mothers, mothering, and motherhood. The article presents and brings into dialogue four different bodies of anthropological and sociological literature: mothering as a form of care work, anthropological work on child-rearing in different cultural settings, sociological studies of the class negotiation of home-school boundaries, and the theoretical and empirical literature on consumption in post-industrial society. Bringing together ideas of care, culture, class, and consumption into one analytical framework is crucial for attending to, in holistic fashion, the complex ways in which mothering, in different social-cultural contexts, is perceived and practiced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-277
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • care
  • class
  • consumption
  • culture
  • education
  • mothering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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