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ERIC Number: EJ1178446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0007-1005
Acceptable Masculinities: Working-Class Young Men and Vocational Education and Training Courses
Ward, Michael R. M.
British Journal of Educational Studies, v66 n2 p225-242 2018
Since the 1970s, the process of deindustrialisation, accompanied by social, cultural and political changes, has altered youth transitions from school to work. This paper is drawn from an Economic and Social Research Council-funded study that explored the diversity of white, working-class young men (aged between 16 and 18) in a post-industrial community. The study focused on how young men performed their masculinities through different post-16 educational pathways and within the limits of place and a disadvantaged social class position. In this paper, I explore the way three of these young men who were enrolled on different vocational education and training courses learned how to display acceptable masculinities within these settings. Drawing on the work of Goffman, I argue that these vocational courses can 'frame' traditional forms of working-class masculinity, but also have the potential to enable alternative performances of masculinity to come through. However, the role of a locale's industrial heritage on gendered and classed expectations is important, and the impact this has on successful futures needs to be recognised.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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