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ERIC Number: EJ817152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0046-760X
"A Position of Usefulness": Gendering History of Girls' Education in Colonial Hong Kong (1850s-1890s)
Chiu, Patricia Pok-kwan
History of Education, v37 n6 p789-805 Nov 2008
Girls' education has been considered a site of struggle where ideals of femininity and domesticity are translated into curricula and practices that seek to shape and regulate. In colonial Hong Kong, British mission societies had a significant share in providing girls' education, which was predominantly in the hands of European missionaries in the nineteenth century. The dual mission of evangelising and civilising colonial subjects in the Victorian era of empire expansion constituted a pertinent focus of inquiry in the writing of history of girls' education. Drawing on selected texts on missionary literature and government reports, this article examines in what ways a domestic ideology framed within evangelical beliefs and the imperial gaze interplayed with the politics of race and class in shaping girls' education. It challenges the presumed impartiality in education policies and practices concerning both sexes, and discusses women's agency in re-defining identities and boundaries in a colonial society. (Contains 3 figures and 78 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong