Projects-of-self and projects-of-family: young people’s responsibilisation for their education and responsibility for care

Gerry Redmond, Jennifer Skattebol, Myra Hamilton, Sabine Andresen, Richard Woodman

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Abstract

Young people are encouraged to take responsibility for their educational outcomes by actively engaging in their education (their ‘project-of-self’), but many also take responsibility for the care of family members who have serious health concerns (their ‘project-of-family’). Drawing on the concepts of responsibilisation and neoliberal governance, and a feminist ethic of care, we aim to better understand how young people with care responsibilities navigate these dual projects. We use national survey data for young Australians aged 13–14 (N = 3,594) to compare boys’ and girls’ school engagement (projects-of-self) and caregiving for family members with serious health concerns (projects-of-family). Young people with family health concerns report low levels of school engagement. However, caregiving is associated with somewhat increased school engagement for girls, but not for boys. These findings suggest implicit gendered expectations of education systems which are more supportive of girls’ than of boys’ engagement in projects-of-family. Supplemental data for this article is available online at https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2021.1947189.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-103
Number of pages20
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Volume43
Issue number1
Early online date2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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Keywords

  • caregiving
  • engagement in education
  • family health concerns
  • gender
  • Responsibilisation
  • responsibility

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