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ERIC Number: EJ1120484
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Who Decides? Tanzanian Women's Narratives on Educational Advancement and Agency
Okkolin, Mari-Anne
Gender and Education, v28 n7 p886-902 2016
One of the critical issues deliberated amongst researchers on gender and education is that of choosing and decision-making. Often, the focus of analysis is framed through the concept of agency. In this paper, the analytical focus is on educational advancement and agency. The paper is based on narratives of 10 highly educated Tanzanian women. Employing the human development and capabilities approach, the paper aims to elaborate to what extent the women had the freedom to exercise educational agency, in what ways their beings and doings were in accordance with "the idea of Tanzanian woman," including the hegemonic idea of adequate and appropriate education for girls and women, and how they aimed to become something else. By listening to the women's narratives and analysing their choices and decision-making processes, four kinds of agency freedoms were identified. In the paper, these agency notions are re-presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tanzania
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