National gender equity and schooling policy in Australia: struggles for a non-identitarian feminist politics

Keddie, Amanda 2009, National gender equity and schooling policy in Australia: struggles for a non-identitarian feminist politics, Australian educational researcher, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 21-37, doi: 10.1007/BF03216897.

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Title National gender equity and schooling policy in Australia: struggles for a non-identitarian feminist politics
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda orcid.org/0000-0001-6111-0615
Journal name Australian educational researcher
Volume number 36
Issue number 2
Start page 21
End page 37
Total pages 17
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2009-08
ISSN 0311-6999
2210-5328
Summary This paper tracks the development of gender equity and schooling policy in Australia from theNational Policy on the Education of Girls in 1987, to current policy concerns with boys’ educational underperformance. The paper’s key focus is on the ways in which feminist informed equity policy has been undermined by broader imperatives of economic rationalism and anti-feminist discourses. Drawing on Nancy Fraser’s understandings of distributive and cultural gender justice and her notion of a nonidentitarian feminist politics, the paper critically examines the ways in which such imperatives have re-articulated equity and schooling concerns. Through these lenses, the limitations of the affirmative gender binary politics and remedies that have dominated gender and schooling reform in Australia are highlighted. The paper concludes with an illumination of the gender justice spaces currently being mobilised in Australian schools. Such spaces, it is argued, fostered within a context of increasing autonomy and self-management for schools, are providing avenues for creative and disruptive (pro)feminist activism.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/BF03216897
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio Economic Objective 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Australian Association for Research in Education
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