Conflicting value systems: Gypsy females and the home‐school interface

Levinson, M.P and Sparkes, A.C (2006) 'Conflicting value systems: Gypsy females and the home‐school interface.' Research Papers in Education, 21 (1). pp. 79-97. ISSN 0267-1522

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Drawing on data from a three‐year ethnographic study of Gypsy life in England, this article explores the experience and attitudes of Gypsy women regarding the home‐school interface. Specific attention is given to the following: role expectations in the different contexts; changing perceptions of role in the face of economic and social change; the contradictions and tensions arising from the process of schooling; and the identity dilemmas experienced by those young women who remain in the educational system. The findings suggest that, at the individual level, for many young Gypsy women, the different demands of home and school can lead to feelings of cultural dislocation and anxiety. At a group level, the widening of aspirations constitutes a challenge to structural patterns and traditional value systems that have underpinned both family and communal life.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: gender, Gypsies, home‐school interface, minority education
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: School of Education
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Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2017 11:42
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:44
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