Catholic girls: the mother-daughter nexus

Keary, Anne 2011, Catholic girls: the mother-daughter nexus, Gender and education, vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 695-709, doi: 10.1080/09540253.2010.527827.

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Title Catholic girls: the mother-daughter nexus
Author(s) Keary, Anne
Journal name Gender and education
Volume number 23
Issue number 6
Start page 695
End page 709
Total pages 15
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2011-10
ISSN 0954-0253
Keyword(s) post-structural theory
cultural studies
Summary This paper examines Catholic girlhood, womanhood and the mother–daughter
relationship, and its socio-historical construction within a range of disparate
discourses. The aim of the paper is to deconstruct dominant patriarchal
constructions and images of femininity, particularly those embedded within the
doctrine of Catholicism. Moreover, the paper intends to reveal traces of maternal
connections and relations which are often hidden by more dominant discourses.
Rather than providing a historical account of Catholic girlhood, the object is to tell
a perspectived story of the local and contextual experiences of growing up and
being educated to be a ‘good Catholic woman’ in suburban Melbourne, Australia
in the 1920s and 1960s. In telling the story it is hoped that other women can
momentarily engage with this narrative of Catholic girlhood and the mother–
daughter relationship.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09540253.2010.527827
Field of Research 169901 - Gender Specific Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
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