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Education for equality :the education of girls and the role of women in a socialist society the GDR

Wharton, Amanda Jane.; (1987) Education for equality :the education of girls and the role of women in a socialist society the GDR. Doctoral thesis , Institute of Education, University of London. Green open access

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Abstract

The main purpose of the thesis is to examine the way that a socialist society, the GDR, which is committed to ensuring the equality of men and women in society, uses education to provide equal opportunities for girls and boys and carry out its cultural revolution. For the purposes of the thesis , education is used in its narrow and its broad sense, i.e the formal education system and socialisation in society as a whole. The Marxist theories of the liberation of women and of education, mainly in the form of the work of Engels and Rebel, and the development and application of these theories by members of the Social Democratic Party in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century, are examined first. The impact of the Weimar Republic and of the Third Reich are then looked at in relation to the legacy facing the new post-1945 government. A detailed description of the rhetoric of the GDR concerning women's equality is given, and most of the legislation concerning women is examined. In chapter 5 the education system of the GDR is laid out with particular reference to the education of girls. In the following two chapters there is a statistical analysis of the actual position of women in the GDR in terms of their education, employment and social and political standing in society. An analysis of the discrep2ncies between theory and practice is undertaken, with reference to research done within and outside the GDR. In conclusion, the success of the GDR in achieving women's equality is measured in their own terms and is examined within the framework of a socialist-feminist critique.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Education for equality :the education of girls and the role of women in a socialist society the GDR
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?did=24&uin=uk.b...
Language: English
Additional information: PhD (Educ) 1987 IE..
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10019643
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