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Reproducing Gender? Essays on Educational Theory and Feminist Politics

reviewed by Haithe Anderson - 2003

coverTitle: Reproducing Gender? Essays on Educational Theory and Feminist Politics
Author(s): Madeleine Arnot
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0750708980, Pages: 288, Year: 2002
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This book brings together over two decades of Madeline Arnot’s contributions to the sociology of education. More precisely, it traces her involvement in the debates surrounding social and cultural reproduction theories and girls’ education. This compilation of articles, therefore, will be welcomed by academics who have followed her career, but also by those who wish to learn more about the evolution of reproduction theory. While Arnot’s work responds to social theorists like Pierre Bourdieu (e.g., 1977), Samuel Bowles, Herbert Gintis (1976) and others, she has drawn the greatest substance from Basil Bernstein (her doctoral supervisor in 1972). One of her major contributions to the study of gender and education, for example—her theory of gender codes—is derived from Bernstein’s (e.g., 1971/1975) theory of educational codes. (For her most in-depth treatment of Bernstein’s ideas see chapter 11.) Codes, as Bernstein thought of them, are regulatory devices that establish and reproduce forms of culture and social relations that are dependent on the division of labor. What Arnot added to this mix... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1351-1354
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11106, Date Accessed: 4/10/2021 2:32:20 PM

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  • Haithe Anderson
    Bowling Green State University
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    HAITHE ANDERSON is an assistant professor at Bowling Green State University with a specialty in philosophy of education, the history of ideas, and cultural studies. Dr. Anderson's most recent publications appear in Educational Theory, Studies in Philosophy of Education: An International Quarterly, and Teachers College Record.
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