Power Relationship In Gender Education

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Operational Definitions and a Review of Literature Education is considered to be imperative for development. In recent times, girls’ education has been brought into focus. ‘Education of girls’ has been acknowledged as a strong predictor of growth in poorer countries (Sutton, 1998). Quality education provides women with a better stance in society through involving them in income generating activities. It also promotes smaller, healthier and better educated families led by properly educated women who can deal with the upcoming challenges of the new century (Ityavyar, 2005). Tertiary level education engages a very small portion of the total population in developing countries, despite university education manages to guide highly skilled…show more content…
Various cultural practices determine the patterns of power relations and create a hierarchal relationship among the actors within the society. Giddens (2006) defines this hierarchal power relation within the gender structure of the society as the ‘patterns of power relations’ between male and female that are widespread throughout society. Connell (2005) affirms that the main axis of power is the structure that maintains an overall subordination of women and dominance of men-‘Patriarchy’. Patriarchy is being understood as the systematic domination of women and other men by men. Connell locates patriarchy as the foundation of power. Power is functioned through social relations such as authority, violence and ideology in institutions, the state, the military and domestic life (Giddens, 2006). So, patriarchal structure provides the basis of dominant and dominated power relations between men and women in a…show more content…
It appears to be a static but an unjustified idea about a certain group, of which people often think that all the members of that community are same in nature. Giddens (2006: 491) states that stereotypes are prejudice of a society. He elaborates with an example that there is a notion to think that all black men are gifted athletes but a considerable number of black men might be found who are not good at athletics. Gender based stereotypes are a common phenomenon in every society. Most of the cultures have divergent forms of work on the basis of sexual identity (Rao, 2007; Miaji, 2010). General people have a tendency to specify the gender based works as “women’s work” or “men’s work” (Rao, 2007: 814). Then people usually begin to perceive the notion “woman” as something secondary and defaulted, something that must be hidden and covered. Therefore, it is inevitable to push individuals into constructed gender roles by the

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