The World of Learning: Schooling and Training Academies

Henry French and Mark Rothery

in Man's Estate

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199576692
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738852 | DOI:
The World of Learning: Schooling and Training Academies

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Chapter One explores how schooling inculcated behavioural norms, and identifies the sorts of values expressed and the kinds of social mechanisms used in their application. It shows how parents often mediated the experience of their sons’ ‘entry into the world’ by carefully selecting schools according to ‘appropriate’ gender norms and by corresponding frequently with their sons. Elite education incorporated a mixture of experiences and institutions, of which the large, residential public school was only one part. The chapter also emphasizes the importance of mothers in the on-going formation of male gender norms, and argues that schooling did not necessarily break the ‘maternal bond’. In doing so, this chapter sets out one of the main themes of the book: how gender stereotypes were formulated and projected and how they assimilated deeper, habitual notions of gender roles and power along side more conscious, chronologically-bounded ideas of ‘proper’ male behaviour

Keywords: education; public schools; family life; gender values; social history

Chapter.  24558 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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