ERIC Number: EJ741913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Reference Count: 49
Language: An Important Signifier of Masculinity in a Bilingual Context
Portelli, John R.
Gender and Education, v18 n4 p413-430 Jul 2006
This paper is based upon a case study in an all boys' church comprehensive secondary school in Malta which explored teachers' awareness of boys' attitudes and interests. It uncovered a number of practices across the school's official and "hidden" curricula and at its administrative level, which, together with the student peer culture present on site, influence the construction of student masculine identities. This article argues that the decision by boys to speak one language rather than another in a bilingual context, is very much influenced by norms of masculinity. These are strengthened by the student peer group as well as by the male teachers within the institution and suggests that language is an important signifier of masculinity in a bilingual school, a masculinity which, in a post-colonial context, is shown to be heavily linked to national pride and identity. (Contain 4 figures, 3 tables and 5 notes.)
Descriptors: Language Usage, Masculinity, Bilingualism, Case Studies, Males, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Questionnaires, Interviews, Secondary School Students, Peer Groups, English (Second Language), Hidden Curriculum
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malta