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The Unhomely of Homeschooling

Myers, Martin

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Despite increasing global popularity perceptions of homeschooling remain problematic. It resists trends towards mass compulsory education and the promotion of children’s rights; it challenges the state’s authority to educate citizens; and raises concerns about child protection issues and educational outcomes. Contemporaneously many homeschoolers identify their fears of risks and failings in mainstream schooling as the reason they homeschool. This article explores how discomfort and fear is ingrained within meanings associated with homeschooling often related to its domestic practice. It develops Freud’s account of unheimlich (the unhomely) as a useful addition to the sociological analysis of the multiple renditions of meaning attached to homeschooling. These include the conflation of homely and unhomely accounts; the significance of anecdotal accounts as a means of restating class biases and racisms; and the ambiguous relationship between family and state. It argues both policymakers and homeschoolers need to acknowledge these ambiguities.


Myers, M. (2023). The Unhomely of Homeschooling. Sociology, 57(5), 1101-1117.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 7, 2022
Online Publication Date Nov 7, 2022
Publication Date 2023-10
Deposit Date Sep 12, 2022
Publicly Available Date Nov 7, 2022
Journal Sociology
Print ISSN 0038-0385
Electronic ISSN 1469-8684
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 57
Issue 5
Pages 1101-1117
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