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ERIC Number: EJ866249
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
"The Mother's Magazine": Moral Media for an Emergent Domestic Pedagogy, 1833-1848
Schertz, Matthew Victor
Gender and Education, v21 n3 p309-320 May 2009
This paper presents a theoretical analysis of selected passages from "The Mother's Magazine", one of the first periodicals for women published in the USA. Of particular interest are selections that highlight desirable maternal characteristics and those that described the intended pedagogical experiences within the domestic sphere. The layout, overarching themes and content of specific articles provide a gateway to discern contributors' attempts at moral regulation. The authors facilitated a character education initiative to ensure that both mother and child would be dutiful and thoughtful Christian citizens. There is also a focus to secure the proliferation of industrious, gendered subjects. It could be argued that the periodical marks the transition from a Calvinist to a Lockean conception of childhood. More accurately, the magazine utilises modern methods of childrearing while still adhering to an evangelical ideology that both reinforces traditional power structures and redefines the role of mother for the emerging nuclear family.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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