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ERIC Number: EJ782864
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
"Six Packs and Big Muscles, and Stuff like That". Primary School-Aged South African Boys, Black and White, on Sport
Bhana, Deevia
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v29 n1 p3-14 Jan 2008
This paper explores the salience of sport in the lives of eight-year-old and nine-year-old South African primary school boys. Drawing on ethnographic and interview data, I argue that young boys' developing relationship with sport is inscribed within particular gendered, raced and classed discourses in South Africa. Throughout the paper I show differences and durability of meanings across the social sites that affect and position blacks, white, boys and girls. It is argued that young boys' early association with sport is centrally about identity and doing sport, or at least establishing interest in sport is one important way in claiming to be a real boy. The findings have implications for the call by the South African Government to get the nation to play. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa