ERIC Number: EJ1039865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Gender Performativity in Physics: Affordances or Only Constraints?
Danielsson, Anna T.; Lundin, Mattias
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v9 n2 p523-529 Jun 2014
In this forum we engage in a dialogue with Allison Gonsalves's paper '"Physics and the girly girl--there is a contradiction somewhere": Doctoral students' positioning around discourses of gender and competence in physics'. In her paper Gonsalves uses a sociocultural approach to examine women doctoral students' stories about becoming physicists. In doing so her paper focuses on how discourses of masculinity and femininity can create available and unavailable positions for the women students. In this dialogue we do a parallel reading of two of the student narratives presented by Gonsalves, using Judith Butler's (1990) concept of discursive agency as a means to more explicitly bring the affordances for women identity constitution offered by their localized physicist context to the fore, rather focusing on its, often more visible, constraints.
Descriptors: Science Education, Physics, Gender Differences, Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students, Gender Issues, Competence, Sociocultural Patterns, Females, Womens Education, Scientists, Masculinity, Femininity, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Identification (Psychology)
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