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ERIC Number: EJ857604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
Theorizing Psychosocial Processes in Canadian, Middle-Class, Jewish Mothers' School Choice
Levine-Rasky, Cynthia; Ringrose, Jessica
Journal of Education Policy, v24 n3 p255-269 May 2009
This paper presents a psychosocial analysis of interview data of three Canadian, middle-class, Jewish mothers engaged in processes and practices of "school choice". We consider how middle-class, white identity intersects with Jewish ethnicity. We also examine how commitments to Canadian ideals of multiculturalism sit in contradiction with investments in neo-liberal discourses of school performance and individual academic success and competition. Through analysis of narratives we illustrate how the mothers invoke binaries to differentiate self and others: self in the form of the middle-class, Jewish self; others in the form of the risky and dangerous "multicultural" body encountered in their children's primary school. We examine how contradictions are salient in the mothers' attempt to perform a morally legitimate selfhood in the face of competing commitments to individual attainment versus a collective good represented by ethnocultural diversity. Narratives reveal mothers' aspirational fantasies for their children that inform their class- and ethnic-based choices and decisions around schooling. School choice is thus thoroughly inflected with imperatives to preserve middle-classness and Jewish ethnic identity, and constituted through binary-making. Yet as we illustrate, these processes are not stable but subject to constant to psychical re-negotiation and flux. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada