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ERIC Number: EJ783377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Back to the Future on Gender and Anti-School Boys: A Response to Jeffrey Smith
Abraham, John
Gender and Education, v20 n1 p89-94 Jan 2008
This article examines recent claims by Jeffrey Smith that: (1) "hegemonic masculinity" is an expression of working class counter-school culture; (2) some teachers are "cultural accomplices" in constructing "hegemonic masculinities" of anti-school working class boys, thereby contributing to their underachievement; and (3) these "cultural accomplices" are an emerging response to recent moral panics and neo-liberal managerialism concerned with "failing boys" at school. It is suggested that "hegemonic masculinity" is not necessarily associated with anti-school values in working class culture. Many working class boys might subscribe to "hegemonic masculinity" without rejecting learning. Contrary to Smith's emphasis on how working class culture generates anti-school "hegemonic masculinity", there is the possibility that "hegemonic masculinity" is fused with anti-school values produced by organisational differentiation. The continuing commonalities between working class anti-school boys and the "gender regime" of some secondary schools for over 20 years implies something more enduring at work than recent moral panics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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