The Schooling of Working-Class Girls in Victorian Scotland

Gender, Education and Identity

By Jane McDermid

© 2005 – Routledge

224 pages

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About the Book

The portrayal of Scotland as a particularly patriarchal society has traditionally had the effect of marginalizing Scottish women, both teachers and students, in both Scottish and British history. The Schooling of Working-Class Girls in Victorian Scotland examines and challenges this assumption and analyzes in detail the course of events which has led to a more enlightened system.

Education was, and is, seen as integral to Scottish distinctiveness, but the Victorian period saw anxious debate about the impact of outside influences at a time when Scottish society seemed to be fracturing. This book examines the gender-blindness of the educational tradition, with its notion of the 'democratic intellect', testing the claim of superiority for the Scottish system, and questioning the assumption that Scottish women were either passive victims or willing dupes of a peculiarly patriarchal ideal.

Considering the influences of the related ideologies of patriarchy and domesticity, and the crucial importance of the local and regional economic context, in focusing on female education, this book provides a much wider comparative study of Scottish society during a period of tremendous upheaval and a perceived crisis in national identity, in which women, as well as men, participated.

Table of Contents

1. Education and Gender in Nineteenth-Century Scotland 2. Female Education in Scotland Before 1872 3. Working-Class Girls’ Schooling, 1872-1900: the ‘city regions’ 4. Working-Class Girls’ Schooling, 1872-1900: the country districts 5. Dominated by the Dominie? Women and the Teaching Profession in Nineteenth-Century Scotland Conclusion Bibliography

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU016000
EDUCATION / History
SOC032000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies