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'You're Hopeless I Swear to God': Shifting masculinities in classroom talk

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posted on 2024-03-28, 04:37 authored by Pam NilanPam Nilan
In this article the author aims to problematise the discourse of masculinity in the co-educational classroom. Moving strategically sideways to focus on boys rather than girls, it is argued that 'masculinity' is not a fixed essence but a shifting gendered social identity. Although mass culture generally assumes there is a fixed, true masculinity, not all boys and men take up the same kind of masculinity, nor do they experience 'maleness' in the same way. Social class and subcultures (as well as other inflections of identity not discussed in this article) profoundly affect the presentation and representation of masculine identities. Moreover, masculinity as a particular configuration of gender is constituted in relation to local contexts within the meritocratic discourse of schooling. The ethnographic data in this article, which focuses on boys relating to girls in the classroom, show how varied the contexts of gender production can be even within the same roughly parallel configurations of task and location. It is concluded that masculinity is above all a social identity accomplishment.

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Journal

Gender and Education

Volume

12

Pagination

53-68

ISSN

0954-0253

eISSN

1360-0516

Language

en

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

1

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

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