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ERIC Number: EJ883230
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Missionary Girl Power: Saving the "Third World" One Girl at a Time
Sensoy, Ozlem; Marshall, Elizabeth
Gender and Education, v22 n3 p295-311 May 2010
Deborah Ellis's "The Breadwinner" is a popular young adult novel about Muslim girls. In this paper, we offer an analysis of the representation of Muslim girls and women in the book as well as responses from undergraduate students enrolled in a children's literature course to these constructions. Building on the work of postcolonial feminism (specifically the concept of paternalistic care) and critical pedagogy (the role of popular cultural texts as education), we argue that "The Breadwinner", and similar historical fictions aimed at youth, wittingly or unwittingly focus on the real and/or imagined plight of "other" girls/women. These representations build upon a care ethic central to the project and history of schooling in the West that in turn results in the stabilisation of colonial relations of domination between white women/girls and colonised women/girls. (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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