The Schooling and Identity of Asian Girls

June 2004
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    11th June 2004
  • ISBN 9781858561813
  • Language English
  • Pages 148 pp.
  • Size 5.6875" x 9"

The "Schooling and Identity of Asian Girls" challenges western misconceptions and stereotypes of young ‘Asian’ women. Through the analysis of Asian girls’ experiences, it reassesses the role that schooling can play in shaping the identities of young people.

The book draws on an empirical study with Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh schoolgirls of Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi descent in two regions of England and the strategies they employ to deal with the experiences of schooling. It demonstrates that they are far from being passive victims of static cultures, but are instead actively involved in creating and recreating identities that re-work both the residual cultures of the "home" and the regional cultures they now inhabit.

The analytical framework that Farzana Shain develops here captures the complex reality of the lived experiences of Asian girls in contemporary Western society. She provides teachers with alternative ways of conceptualizing what it is to be an Asian schoolgirl and suggests how teachers can use their new understandings to improve their professional practice -- and the academic attainment of their students.

Farzana Shain

Farzana Shain is the author of the acclaimed The Schooling and Identity of Asian Girls. She is Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Policy and Professional Practice at the University of Keele.