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ERIC Number: EJ967760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0266-0830
Women Learning Politics and the Politics of Learning: A Feminist Study of Canada and India
Clover, Darlene E.; McGregor, Catherine; Farrell, Martha; Pant, Mandakini
Studies in the Education of Adults, v43 n1 p18-33 Spr 2011
Our feminist cross-national comparative study explored the informal and nonformal education and learning of women politicians in Canada and India. Using individual interviews, focus groups, surveys and observations of training sessions we compared and contrasted socio-cultural contexts, challenges, education and learning philosophies, and diverse practices. The findings show that training programmes and the women themselves placed an emphasis on practical skill and knowledge, although this often did little to prevent tactical uses of power by men. In India, where literacy training is provided there exists a practical, tactical and emancipatory emphasis. In both countries, issues of identity as politicians are complex and hetero and other culturally normative practices pervade the educational process. Although the Indian educators apply a feminist lens, much of the training in Canada is non-gender-specific or tends towards "nonpartisanship", thereby de-politicising the process. Important differences also exist in terms of how the educational programmes understand and make the links between women politicians and the community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; India