ERIC Number: EJ1046724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 88
"I'm a Geek I Am": Academic Achievement and the Performance of a Studious Working-Class Masculinity
Ward, Michael R. M.
Gender and Education, v26 n7 p709-725 2014
During the last few decades, the South Wales Valleys (UK) have undergone a considerable economic, social, cultural and political transformation, altering youth transitions from school to work. Drawing on a two and a half year ethnographic study, in the paper I concentrate on a group of academically successful young white working-class men aged 16-18 years who were dealing with these changes. I argue that these studious performances of young working-class masculinity offer a different way in which to view a disadvantaged community and explore working-class educational success. However, I argue that their future aspirations to attend university are still tempered by the classed and gender codes that underpin expectations of manhood in this deindustrial community and which can impact on successful transitions to adulthood.
Descriptors: Working Class, Masculinity, Ethnography, Whites, Social Change, Political Issues, Economic Factors, Cultural Influences, Disadvantaged Youth, Academic Aspiration, Social Class, Social Influences, Gender Issues, Foreign Countries, Identification (Psychology), Secondary School Students, Family Environment, Academic Achievement, Course Selection (Students), Interaction, Bullying, Sexuality
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (Wales)