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ERIC Number: ED407302
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 9
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Recollections of Girlhood, Reconstructions of Self.
Franklin, Betty Smith; Warner, Chris
This paper examines the historical silence of women and how that is replicated in the schools. The work focuses on the narratives of 31 college-aged women as they reflect on the experiences of their middle school years. This qualitative analysis of recollected narratives of girlhood is based on listening to the powerful voices of young women in college, and traces, within a limited scope, their hesitant construction of themselves and their way of being in the world within the limited linguistic space allotted them. Silencing in the classroom is noted repeatedly in the narratives, as young women are afraid to speak out or are encouraged not to participate. Several of the women noted the centrality of appearances in their early adolescent years, along with the knowledge that being friends with the "right" people, as well as having a boyfriend, meant the difference between inclusion and exclusion. Several women noted being ashamed of their capabilities, of their inability to fully realize a sense of themselves within their linguistically dichotomized social world, or of their need to be perfect. A challenge is issued for primary institutions, especially schools, to break down the "patriarchal logic" designed to dichotomize language and to discredit girls. (EH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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