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ERIC Number: EJ719148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Sharing the Same World: Boys' Relations with Girls during Their Last Year of Primary School
Swain, Jon
Gender and Education, v17 n1 p75-91 Mar 2005
This paper explores the effect of cross gender relations on the construction of boys' masculine identities. The findings are based on data gathered from a year long empirical study of 10 to 11-year-old boys set in three UK junior schools. Although masculinity is defined against femininity and boys needed to mark out a set of distinctions from themselves and girls, I found that most boys categorized girls as different ("they" are not "us") rather than oppositional, and the most common reaction was one of detachment and disinterest. Rather than maintaining that there are two separate worlds, I argue that there are two complementary gendered cultures, sharing the one overall school world, which are further nuanced by social class and race/ethnicity. Although there was a tendency of boys to dominate space and girls were often excluded from playground games, many girls refused to be dominated by boys, and some were able to deliberately exercise power over them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom