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Title: Symbolising the maternal : a genealogical study of Maltese women educators
Author: Galea, Simone
ISNI:       0000 0001 3486 7946
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2002
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This thesis aims to symbolise the maternal through an exploration of the associations of women teachers with mothering practices, focusing in particular on how these develop within a Maltese context. The main argument of the thesis is that as women's and especially Maltese women's subjectivities are identified through their various associations with the maternal, it is difficult, as it is ineffective to completely disregard such discourses in attempting to symbolise women. The research explores the ways women use their maternal positionings as women, and especially those as teachers to go beyond limited associations of the maternal. The theoretical framework for this study is made up of some of the most important ideas of Luce Irigaray and Michel Foucault. Foucault's work on power and selfcreation inspires the research but especially his method of genealogy that informs the analysis of the associations between teaching and mothering, as we know them in the present. The study also draws on Irigaray's critique of phallocentric social systems; her notion of establishing relations between women and maternal genealogies and above all her arguments for women's own symbolisation of themselves as subjects. The thesis, however, is not entirely framed by what these theorists say. It is directed by the conversations with eleven women teachers about mothering and teaching. This is an original attempt to intertwine the theories of two well established authors with the ideas and philosophies of these women teachers aiming at symbolising these women as creators of their own know ledges as well as creators of their own selves.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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