The Structure and Agency of Women's Education
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Offers research on educational policies, programs, and practices for adolescent girls and young women, from both comparative and international perspectives.
This collection examines the educational policies, programs, and practices that offer and/or deny adolescent girls and young women the opportunity for change and advancement, from both comparative and international perspectives. Grounded in social and feminist theory, the essays focus on the dynamic interaction between agency and structure. The first part of the book outlines fundamental principles of public policy and provides examples of their application. Part two explores, within the context of globalization, the impact of international organizations—large and small—on the local level. Part three looks at the influence of sociocultural forces on women's ability to participate in educational programs. Part four proffers innovative methodologies that demonstrate how the agency of voice within the structure of the research setting ultimately furthers our understanding of women's education. Throughout the book, the complexities in delivering and improving education for females in India, China, Kenya, the United States, and other parts of the world are revealed.
Mary Ann Maslak is Associate Professor of Education at St. John's University and author of Daughters of the Tharu: Gender, Ethnicity, Religion, and the Education of Nepali Girls.
"This particular approach to analyzing gender inequality provides a welcome new framework to the literature on gender and education. The varied analyses … allow student readers to grasp the multifaceted meaning of this important concept." — CHOICE
"The intersection of structure and agency in looking at women's education worldwide is challenging, unique, and intellectually stimulating. The very organization and structure of the book forces the reader to consider new dimensions and not traditional frameworks." — Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, coeditor of A Chorus for Peace: A Global Anthology of Poetry by Women