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L’école dans le quotidien de mères de familles populaires ethnicisées : interdépendance des sphères d’expérience et enjeux de subjectivation

Abstract : This ethographic study, conducted over two years in a neighborhood deemed underprivileged by the state through meeting working-class and ethnicized mothers as well as administrators, educators, and staff from neighborhood schools, endeavored to understand the purpose of various initiatives proposed by the state, inviting parents into the school setting as well as the everyday life of these families. The mothers, principal caregivers of their families, are targeted by school-sponsored initiatives that are intended to acculturate families that are characterized as deficient in educators' discourse, drawing on bath ethnicity and social class. Maternai work, which structures the life of the women in our study, leads them to take principal responsibility for relationships with educational institutions and reveals the interdependence of their spheres of experience - professional, persona!, and family life -which can affect bath their availability and academic aspirations for their children. Thus, they oscillate between scholarly hopes and withdrawals in order to preserve an image of being a "good mother" through a display of involvement in their child's schooling, despite many daily struggles and often chaotic persona! trajectories, which shape their relationship to the world and its institutions. Despite the negative raie they may be cast in by the school, some women take back the ownership of the very initiatives designed to target them through a feminine conviviality that helps to interrupt the solitude of raising a student and can lead to a process of emancipation and rewarding recognition by school teams. This recognition, however, underlines implicitly the absence of those mothers who are kept away from the school by diverse difficulties and cannot benefit from these initiatives to the point of becoming "invisible" parents, thus revealing legitimate shortcomings of the school's undertakings.
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Chloé Riban. L’école dans le quotidien de mères de familles populaires ethnicisées : interdépendance des sphères d’expérience et enjeux de subjectivation. Education. Université Rennes 2, 2020. Français. ⟨NNT : 2020REN20017⟩. ⟨tel-03181518⟩



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