Challenging notions of gendered game play: teenagers playing `The Sims`

Beavis, Catherine and Charles, Claire 2005, Challenging notions of gendered game play: teenagers playing `The Sims`, Discourse : studies in the cultural politics of education, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 355-368, doi: 10.1080/01596300500200151.

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Title Challenging notions of gendered game play: teenagers playing `The Sims`
Author(s) Beavis, CatherineORCID iD for Beavis, Catherine
Charles, ClaireORCID iD for Charles, Claire
Journal name Discourse : studies in the cultural politics of education
Volume number 26
Issue number 3
Start page 355
End page 368
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2005-09
ISSN 0159-6306
Keyword(s) education policy
Summary This paper challenges notions of gendered game playing practice implicit in much research into young women's involvement with the computer gaming culture. It draws on a study of Australian teenagers playing The Sims Deluxe as part of an English curriculum unit and insights from feminist media studies to explore relationships between gender and game playing practices. Departing from a reliance on predetermined notions of “gender”, “domestic space”, and “successful game play”, it conceptualizes The Sims as a game in which the boundaries between gender and domestic space are disturbed. It argues that observing students' constructions of gender and domestic space through the act of game play itself provides a more productive insight into the gendered dimensions of game play for educators wishing to work computer games such as The Sims into curriculum development.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/01596300500200151
Field of Research 169901 Gender Specific Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Taylor & Francis
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