ERIC Number: EJ719348
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Reference Count: 22
What Matters to Girls and Boys in a Black Primary School in South Africa
Early Child Development and Care, v175 n2 p99-111 Feb 2005
This article focuses on the construction of gender identities among young boys and girls in a black primary school. Against the backdrop of food insecurity, young boys' and girls' vulnerability to violence and to using violence as a means of getting food is increased. Violence is a clear manifestation of gender inequalities. Drawing on data derived from an ethnographic exploration of children's gender identities in the first years of primary schooling, this article examines how violence underscores much of social relations among boys and girls. The article further illustrates how different forms of masculinities and femininities are constructed. Violence is not the domain of boys only. Girls too take on violent femininities. The implications of recognizing children's gendered and violent cultures are discussed briefly in the concluding part of the paper.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Gender Issues, Sexual Identity, Violence, Elementary School Students, Ethnography, Interpersonal Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Primary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa