Struggles to subvert the gendered field: issues of masculinity, rurality and class

Keddie, Amanda, Mills, Carmen and Mills, Martin 2008, Struggles to subvert the gendered field: issues of masculinity, rurality and class, Pedagogy, culture & society, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 193-205, doi: 10.1080/14681360802142161.

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Title Struggles to subvert the gendered field: issues of masculinity, rurality and class
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda
Mills, Carmen
Mills, Martin
Journal name Pedagogy, culture & society
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Start page 193
End page 205
Total pages 13
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1468-1366
Keyword(s) masculinity
transformative practice
Summary This article explores the complex struggles associated with intersections of class, rurality and masculinity, and the ways in which such intersections work to preserve a gendered status quo within and beyond school communities in Australia. Drawing on the stories of Monica and Phoebe, two teachers who understand schooling as a site of contestation, resistance and possibility for gender justice, the article draws on the theoretical constructs of Bourdieu to make visible the struggles for power arising from the gendered distribution of capital in schools located in low socio‐economic rural communities. In making sense of these struggles, we identify strategies of conservation that seek to reinscribe gender inequities and preserve the field and the taken‐for‐granted understandings of females and femininity as subordinate to males and masculinity within it. We also identify pedagogies of subversion employed by Phoebe and Monica and highlight the potential of these practices to disrupt the field in ways that seek to broaden and transform the gendered habitus of students.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14681360802142161
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
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