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ERIC Number: EJ794944
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 28
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1477-8785
Educating for a Just World without Gender
Enslin, Penny; Tjiattas, Mary
Theory and Research in Education, v4 n1 p41-68 2006
In this article we examine Okin's ideal of a "gender-free society" and its relations to central educational values and practices. We suggest that this ideal pervades her work on the family, culture and, more recently, her focus on the developing world, and gives her liberal feminist stance its radical bite. We contrast this ideal with the more standard notion of gender-neutrality (non-discrimination) and argue that Okin's more demanding concept (going beyond equal access to positions, benefits and opportunities as currently defined, to insist on the critical overhauling of the systems that determine them) far better accords with requirements of justice. We then go on to explore the contribution to a "gender-free society" of construing women's rights as human rights which Okin saw as crucial to countering threats against gender equality from competing claims of both multiculturalists and economic development theorists. We consider implications for education (including schooling) arising from the commitment to bring about a "gender-free society". (Contains 22 notes.)
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Language: English
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