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Purewal, Navtej and Hashmi, Naimatullah (2014) 'Between Returns and Respectability: Parental Attitudes towards Girls' Education in Rural Pakistan.' British Journal of Sociology of Education, 36 (7). pp. 977-995.

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This article focuses upon perceptions of girls’ education in the family context within which decisions around children’s education and opportunities are made. The article presents a framework showing how parental attitudes to girls’ education are shaped by an objective logic framed by the notion of returns, relating to potential benefits of daughters’ education, and respectability, relating to girls’ modesty and threats that education may present to normative expectations for girls. Drawing upon data collected in 2011 in rural areas of the districts of Faisalabad (Jaranwala town) and Chiniot (Tehsil Chiniot) in the province of Punjab, the study highlights how assumptions around the liberating effects of education implicit in global education programmes fail to take into account cultural values around gender norms that are central to informing parental attitudes towards their daughters’ prospects for education.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
ISSN: 01425692
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Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 11:05

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