1st Edition

Parents, Schools and the State Global Perspectives

    This book maps globally shifting relations between families, schools and the state across a range of nations (Australia, Germany, India, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, USA) in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

    Featuring contributions from leading international experts, the book’s eight chapters reflect upon the apparently vital responsibility of parents for choosing the rights sort of educational pathways for their children, offering comparative insights into several different kinds of state, with different contexts for the practices of ‘educational’ parenting. The contributors consider the proposition that a significant focus of the material, emotional and occupational investment of contemporary parents is the formal education of their children, re-shaping not only the relationship between parents and schools but also the nature of parenthood itself. Parents are analysed both as local actors in schools and as subjects of national and international policy regimes, particularly recent and contemporary imperatives of marketisation.. With a focus on social change, the chapters examine the operation of global educational programmes and ideas in national and local settings. The collected national and local studies attend to different confluences of local, regional and transnational, considering a variety of social and cultural patterns as well as national and local educational structures and policy regimes.

    Parents, Schools and The State: Global Perspectives will be a useful resource for academics, researchers, and advanced students of comparative education, educational policy and leadership, educational research, history of education, sociology, research methods and politics. This book was originally published as a special issue of Comparative Education.

    1. Parents, schools and the twenty-first century state: comparative perspectives

    Helen Proctor, Anna Roch, Georg Breidenstein and Martin Forsey


    2. Normative development in rural India: ‘school readiness’ and early childhood care and education

    Arathi Sriprakash, R. Maithreyi, Akash Kumar, Pallawi Sinha and Ketaki Prabha


    3. Great Expectations: migrant parents and parent-school cooperation in Norway

    Synnøve Bendixsen and Hilde Danielsen


    4. What parents know: risk and responsibility in United States education policy and parents’ responses

    Amy Shuffelton


    5. Parents as a problem: on the marginalisation of democratic parental involvement in Swedish school policy

    Susanne Dodillet and Ditte Storck Christensen


    6. Building trust: how low-income parents navigate neoliberalism in Singapore’s education system

    Charleen Chiong and Clive Dimmock


    7. Parents as ‘customers’? The perspective of the ‘providers’ of school education. A case study from Germany

    Georg Breidenstein, Jens Oliver Krüger and Anna Roch


    8. Practising autonomy in a local eduscape: schools, families and educational choice

    Martin Forsey


    Helen Proctor is Professor of Education at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research examines the historical formation and reformation of the relationships between schools, families and ‘communities’ from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries.

    Anna Roch is Research Associate at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. Her research interests include schooling, school choice, parenthood and the methodological potential of discourse analysis and ethnography.

    Georg Breidenstein is Professor of Education at Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. His main interests and areas of research are ethnography of schooling and education, childhood research and school choice and parenthood.

    Martin Forsey is Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Edith Cowan University, Australia. His research focuses on educational systems, their impacts on individuals within society, and their role in social change.