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Gender justice and education: constructions of boys within discourses of resentment, neo-liberalism and security

Mills, Martin and Keddie, Amanda 2010, Gender justice and education: constructions of boys within discourses of resentment, neo-liberalism and security, Educational review, vol. 62, no. 4, pp. 407-420, doi: 10.1080/00131911.2010.482202.

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Title Gender justice and education: constructions of boys within discourses of resentment, neo-liberalism and security
Author(s) Mills, Martin
Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda orcid.org/0000-0001-6111-0615
Journal name Educational review
Volume number 62
Issue number 4
Start page 407
End page 420
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 0013-1911
1465-3397
Keyword(s) gender justice
boys' education
neo-liberalism
national security
Summary This paper examines the impact of a politics of resentment, neo‐liberal policies, and security concerns on issues of gender justice in schools in various western countries. We argue that since the 1990s gender justice in schools has been severely hampered by a politics of resentment, or backlash politics, and the presence of neo‐liberal discourses in education. Furthermore, we contend that current national security concerns in the post‐September 11 context have compounded many of the challenges posed by these trends. We detail how such trends have produced constructions of boys as oppressed, as problems and as dangerous. We argue for a problematising of such constructions and of the anti‐feminist, masculinist and imperialist discourses undergirding them. We propose that moving beyond such essentialising towards gender justice in education will require a critical engagement with the ways in which national security issues, such as the “war on terror”, are working alongside backlash politics and neo‐liberal discourses to distort gender equity and schooling priorities.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00131911.2010.482202
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Socio Economic Objective 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2010, Educational Review
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