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

journal contribution
posted on 01.03.2017, 00:00 authored by T J Al-deen, J Windle
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 schoolaged 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’.

History

Journal

Journal of Sociology

Volume

53

Issue

1

Pagination

110 - 126

ISSN

1440-7833

eISSN

1741-2978

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, The Author(s)