ERIC Number: ED275893
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr-18
The Uniqueness of Home Economics and Its Conversation with Itself. A Response to Papers by Patricia J. Thompson, Francine H. Hultgren, Maureen E. Kelly, and Linda B. Peterat.
Herrin, Donald A.
Recent discussions have questioned the ongoing contributions of home economics to conversations about women's education. These conversations are complicated by factors suggesting home economics is a discipline that talks primarily to itself but sees itself having a unique view of the world that takes women's world of experience as its starting point. Many other women, particularly feminists, disagree. This disagreement is due to different perspectives concerning the uniqueness of home economics's view, limited accessibility of its relevant scholarship, and the failure of home economics and feminism to have seen and articulated an alternative work view based upon women's experience. Underneath both areas is a fundamental dependence on an ontology of self versus other. An alternative ontology is suggested that assumes the interconnection of self with other. A different view of the world is constructed that locates the study and conceptualization of the home and family in a context that takes women's ongoing caring responsibilities as its organizing principle. In this context of embedded and interconnected relationships between the family, the home, and the workplace, living is typified by interruption, discontinuity, lack of completion, and a constant juggling of attention to other individuals. This unique view is not a part of current educational conversations but should be. An appendix lists 26 resources that offer areas for further conversation with home economists. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).