‘I feel sometimes I am a bad mother’: The affective dimension of immigrant mothers' involvement in their children's schooling

Taghreed Jamal Al-deen, Joel Windle

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Abstract

This article identifies the complex emotional dimensions of migrant mothers’ involvement in their children’s education, building on feminist scholarship which affirms the importance of their emotional labour. We present findings from a study of Muslim Iraqi mothers with schoolaged children in Australia, based on 47 interviews with 25 immigrant mothers. Drawing on a Bourdieusian conceptual framework, we argue that the reserves of cultural and emotional capital required for effective participation in children’s education can be both consolidated and diminished through the process of migration. Perceived ineffective involvement comes at heavy emotional price, threatening some women’s perceptions of themselves as ‘good mothers’.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-126
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Sociology
Volume53
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Education
  • Emotional capital
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Habitus
  • Migration
  • Mothers

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