Re- and detraditionalising maternalism and women’s work in ECEC

Ailwood, Joanne (2006) Re- and detraditionalising maternalism and women’s work in ECEC. In Asia Pacific Education Research Association, November 28-30, Hong Kong. (Unpublished)


For citizens of nations functioning with advanced liberal, knowledge-based economies a dominant theme is the exhortation to become reflexive, self-maximising subjects. This reflexive and self-maximising subject, who is increasingly thought of as separated from institutional and structural constraint as a free and individual agent, has become the valorised citizen of western politics and policy. Some researchers regard this shift in understanding of citizenship as a detraditionalisation; or an unhooking of traditional social roles and relationships, such as gender, from individuals. Others argue that it is instead a more complex process of both detraditionalisation and retraditionalisation; that is ‘unhookings’ combined and in conflict with reinforcings of ‘tradition’.

One site in which these shifts in thinking about subjectivity can be explicated is in the arena of women’s labour, motherhood and ECEC. This paper seeks to make an analysis of the way in which Australian governments are ‘problematising’ ECEC in advanced liberalism, taking account of the complex combination of detraditionalisation and retraditionalisation across women’s labour, motherhood and ECEC policy.

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ID Code: 1548
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: early childhood education and care, feminism, teachers
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 18 Jan 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:25

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