Negotiating masculine hegemony : female physical educators in an all-boys’ school

Mooney, Amanda and Hickey, Chris 2012, Negotiating masculine hegemony : female physical educators in an all-boys’ school, Asia-Pacific journal of health, sport and physical education, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 199-212.

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Title Negotiating masculine hegemony : female physical educators in an all-boys’ school
Author(s) Mooney, AmandaORCID iD for Mooney, Amanda
Hickey, ChrisORCID iD for Hickey, Chris
Journal name Asia-Pacific journal of health, sport and physical education
Volume number 3
Issue number 3
Start page 199
End page 212
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Hindmarsh, S.A.
Publication date 2012-11
ISSN 1837-7122
Keyword(s) female physical education teachers
teacher professional identity
gender equity
all-boys' schools
hegemonic masculinity
technologies of the self
Summary School physical education (PE) and sport are commonly regarded as sites where dominant or hegemonic masculinities cultivate, often at the expense of individuals who embody different gendered identities. In all-boys' PE settings, curriculum content frequently orientates around competitive and traditionally masculine team sports wherein teaching pedagogies draw heavily on ‘masculine’ practices that serve to legitimate and/or reproduce hierarchical and heteronormative masculinities. Embedded in the broader tenets of gender equity, this article draws on Foucault's technologies of the self to examine the experiences of two female physical educators in an all-boys' school as they negotiate their daily work in an environment where embodied masculinities are intensified. In doing so, it looks beyond the PE department to the wider school context (discourse and practice) as integral to the contestation and struggles for the professional identities available and taken up by female PE teachers in all-boy settings. Our findings reveal strategies that these teachers employed to negotiate and reconcile the tensions associated with being ‘positioned’ outside the gendered hegemony of the school.
Language eng
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Socio Economic Objective 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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