Schooling Mothers: Gendered Memories and Reflections of the Self

Fibian Kuvalani Lukalo, Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication and Media Studies, School of Human Resource Development, Moi University, and Campbell Resident Scholar, SAR

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Focusing on an impoverished agricultural community in Bungoma District in Kenya, Fibian Lukalo’s research examines the relationship between mothering practices and the schooling of girls in poor rural communities. Poverty is central to the educational decisions arrived at for girls by their mothers and key to the socialization process and decision-making “space” that mothers tap into. Mothers’ stories highlight the experiences through which they define themselves, their parents, and their significant others, whatever the circumstances of their experience with schooling. This presentation will discuss schooling in terms of mothers’ sharply gendered memories of their parents’ involvement in their education. These retrospective self-accounts reveal that as young girls, current mothers become aware of the tenuous nature of schooling and of their mothers’ silence and failure to fight for them as daughters to be educated.

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