Education, Work and Catholic Life

Stories of Three Generations of Australian Mothers and Daughters

  • Anne Keary

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Beginnings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Anne Keary
      Pages 3-21
    3. Anne Keary, Kirsten Hutchison
      Pages 57-72
  3. Fluid Transitions: Continuity and Change in Education, Training and Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Lucas Walsh, Anne Keary
      Pages 113-134
  4. A Woman’s Life Reflected

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Anne Keary, Julie Faulkner
      Pages 151-162
    3. Anne Keary, Julie Faulkner
      Pages 179-199
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 209-248

About this book


This book reports on innovative interdisciplinary research in the field of cultural studies. The study spans the early twentieth to twenty-first centuries and fills a gap in our understanding of how girls’ and women’s religious identity is shaped by maternal and institutional relations. 

The unique research focuses on the stories of thirteen groups of Australian mothers and daughters, including the maternal genealogy of the editor of the book.  Extended conversations conducted twenty years apart provide a situated approach to locating the everyday practices of women, while the oral storytelling presents a rich portrayal of how these girls and women view themselves and their relationship as mothers and daughters. 

The book introduces the key themes of education, work and life transitions as they intersect with generational change and continuity, gender and religion, and the non-linear transitional stories are told across the life-course examining how Catholic pasts shaped, and continue to shape, the participants’ lives. 

Adopting a multi-methodological approach to research drawing on photographs, memorabilia passed among mothers and daughters, journal entries and letters, it describes how women’s lives are lived in different spaces and negotiated through diverse material and symbolic dimensions.


Qualitative Longitudinal Research Australian Mother-daughter Relationship Inter-generational Relationships Generation and Change Girls' Education in Australia Women's Life Trajectories in Australia Australian Female Youth Transitions Australian Women's Study and Work Transitions Catholic Schooling in Australia Multi-methodological Approach to Research

Authors and affiliations

  • Anne Keary
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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