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ERIC Number: EJ763946
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
Class, Gender, (Hetero)Sexuality and Schooling: Paradoxes within Working-Class Girls' Engagement with Education and Post-16 Aspirations
Archer, Louise; Halsall, Anna; Hollingworth, Sumi
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v28 n2 p165-180 Mar 2007
This paper discusses the ways in which inner-city, ethnically diverse, working-class girls' constructions of hetero-femininities mediate and shape their dis/engagement with education and schooling. Drawing on data from a study conducted with 89 urban, working-class young people in London, attention is drawn to three main ways through which young women used heterosexual femininities to construct capital and generate identity value and worth; namely, investment in appearance through "glamorous" hetero-femininities, heterosexual relationships with boyfriends, and the "ladette" discourse. We discuss how and why young women's investments in particular forms of heterosexual working-class femininity can play into their disengagement from education and schooling, drawing particular attention to the paradoxes that arise when these constructions play into other oppressive power relations. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)