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‘I feel sometimes I am a bad mother’: the affective dimension of immigrant mothers’ involvement in their children’s schooling

Jamal Al-deen, Taghreed and Windle, Joel 2017, ‘I feel sometimes I am a bad mother’: the affective dimension of immigrant mothers’ involvement in their children’s schooling, Journal of sociology, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 110-126, doi: 10.1177/1440783316632604.

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Title ‘I feel sometimes I am a bad mother’: the affective dimension of immigrant mothers’ involvement in their children’s schooling
Author(s) Jamal Al-deen, Taghreed
Windle, Joel
Journal name Journal of sociology
Volume number 53
Issue number 1
Start page 110
End page 126
Total pages 17
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017-03
ISSN 1440-7833
1741-2978
Keyword(s) education
emotional capital
ethnic minorities
habitus
migration
mothers
Summary This article identifies the complex emotional dimensions of migrant mothers’ involvement in their children’s education, building on feminist scholarship which affirms the importance of their emotional labour. We present findings from a study of Muslim Iraqi mothers with school-aged children in Australia, based on 47 interviews with 25 immigrant mothers. Drawing on a Bourdieusian conceptual framework, we argue that the reserves of cultural and emotional capital required for effective participation in children’s education can be both consolidated and diminished through the process of migration. Perceived ineffective involvement comes at heavy emotional price, threatening some women’s perceptions of themselves as ‘good mothers’.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1440783316632604
Field of Research 1608 Sociology
2002 Cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2016, The Author(s)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091700

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Alfred Deakin Research Institute
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