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ERIC Number: EJ1131017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0309-877X
The Maternal Gift: Mothers' Investment in Their Daughters' Higher Education
Cooper, Linda
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v41 n3 p328-339 2017
This article explores the degree to which mothers participate in decisions surrounding their daughters' university choices in the English higher education sector, based on a gendered PhD study involving mother and adult daughter pairings in southern England. Examples are given of how extended middle-class mothering practices are enabling their daughters to gain greater access to higher education. Mothers cite the burden of the debt as a key factor for their continued inclusion during the time of their daughters' undergraduate study. Bourdieusian concepts, including gift exchange, are used to consider the explicit provision of the investment of mothers' capital beyond compulsory education that I term 'the maternal gift'. The maternal gift of mothers' involvement and investment maintains social divisions for those less able to provide on such a high economic level and creates the possibility of socially divisive outcomes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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