Girls who learn to serve: a feminist ethnography exploring school-based volunteering

September 28, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Online event

Experience the cutting edge of teaching and research with talks by experts from Canterbury Christ Church University.

Drawing on several disciplines across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education, the Open Lecture Series 2021 will explore some of the most pressing issues around class, education and social change in 21st Century.

LECTURE 7 – Emily Lau | September 28
Girls who learn to serve: a feminist ethnography exploring school-based volunteering

While educational research has identified how volunteering programmes can be co-opted into ideologically driven conceptualisations of citizenship, research has rarely explored the ways volunteering programmes can reproduce systemic and structural inequality. In this study, a feminist lens and qualitative research from a year-long ethnography of six girls participating in a volunteering programme, within a UK ‘disadvantaged’ (DfE, 2015) secondary school, presented an uncomfortable reality. Rather than empowering the girl’s action and agency, coercion into school-based volunteering served to reproduce gendered inequalities that persist in schools (Reay, 2018) and across society. Find out more

The lecture is free, and open to everyone – alumni, students, staff and members of the public, 6:30pm – 7:45pm. 

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