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ERIC Number: EJ1160789
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
"White British Girls on Free School Meals": Power, Resistance and Resilience at Secondary School Transition
Fisher, Helen
Gender and Education, v29 n7 p907-925 2017
This article explores the perspectives of 10 White British girls eligible for Free School Meals as they transfer from English primary to secondary schools. Having identified the discourses relevant to the girls at transition--good girl, girl power, hyper-femininity, authenticity, "challenges at home", "friends as family" and standards--the article uses Foucault to theorise these examples, reflecting on the complexity of associated power, resistance and resilience. The article continues by drawing on the multiplicity of resistance to these discourses to identify the girls' developing intrinsic strengths, and argues that these should be used both a starting point and a structure for supporting them through discourse negotiation at secondary transition and beyond.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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