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Genderové aspekty českého školství

Gender Aspects of Czech Education
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Jarkovská, Lucie; Lišková, Kateřina

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Abstract Numerous Czech studies have been conducted on how the education system reproduces inequalities. While most of them have dealt with the reproduction of class inequalities, relatively few have focused on the reproduction of gender inequalities. In this article, the authors apply a conceptual understanding of the category of gender to research on education, an approach that avoids both universalising the category of woman, as well as the opposite extreme of individualisation. We claim that female students, even though they differ among themselves in various social and personal ways, are serialised as women by institutions in the education system. They are expected to perform differently, with different motivations, their performance is valued differently and they are expected to follow different professions than male students. The paper focuses in detail on the gendered nature of educational institutions, both in terms of the gender segregation of fi elds and levels of study, as well as in terms of the importance of the interaction that occurs during the processes of teaching and ascribing value and significance to the performance of male and female students. The authors argue that education, generally expected to function as a social ladder and a route to better-paid jobs in the labour market, serves men and women in segregated ways.
Keywords gender
Classification Sociology of Education; Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies
Free Keywords education; educational inequality; serialised gender; Czech Republic
Document language Other language
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages 683–701 p.
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 44 (2008) 4
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications