Schooling the 'other' : the representation of gender and national identities in Pakistani curriculum texts

Durrani, Naureen (2010) Schooling the 'other' : the representation of gender and national identities in Pakistani curriculum texts. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 38 (5). pp. 595-610. ISSN 0305-7925

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Until relatively recently, educational research in developing countries has focused mainly on issues of access for addressing gender inequalities in education. This paper argues that challenging patriarchal relations in schooling and education requires moving beyond access to understanding the ways the curriculum acts as a set of discursive practices which position girls and boys unequally and differently constitute them as gendered and nationalised/ist subjects. Using curriculum texts from Pakistan, the paper explores how gender and national identities intersect in a dynamic way in the processes of schooling. The paper illustrates the ideological power of both curriculum and school experiences in fashioning the reciprocal performance and construction of gender and national identities in Pakistan. It contends that in its current form, education is a means of maintaining, reproducing and reinforcing the gender hierarchies that characterise Pakistan.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pakistan, curriculum, gender, national identities
Subjects: X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2010 09:18
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 12:18

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