"It's a bit of freedom from home and cleaning all the time": Schooling, Gender Relations and Gypsy Communities in England
Much has been written over the past 50 years about the concerns associated with the educational underachievement of Gypsy children in England. This work has usually focused on ethnicity and mobility as key factors that affect school attendance. However it is only relatively recently that a concern with gender relations has entered the debate. Therefore, the main purpose of this article is to provide an empirically driven contribution to this fledging area of enquiry. This article draws on semi-structured interview material and a focus group discussion about the educational experiences and aspirations of three mothers and six young women from the community. Further interview materials were collected from two head teachers with Gypsy children in their schools and two Traveller Education Support Staff. This article finds how educational ‘public’ space are providing a place for girls and young women to think differently and even begin to challenge the gender regimes embedded within the ‘private’ space of their communities. In line with the idea that space and place are fundamental in formulating gender relations this article frames this phenomenon within a socio-spatial context.
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Citation : Cudworth, D. (2019), '"It's a bit of freedom from home and cleaning all the time": Schooling, Gender Relations and Gypsy Communities in England. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
Research Institute : Institute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice
Peer Reviewed : Yes