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ERIC Number: EJ801016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
"He Was a Bit of a Delicate Thing": White Middle-Class Boys, Gender, School Choice and Parental Anxiety
Williams, Katya; Jamieson, Fiona; Hollingworth, Sumi
Gender and Education, v20 n4 p399-408 Jul 2008
This paper examines the impact of gender on white middle-class parents' anxiety about choosing inner-city comprehensives and their children's subsequent experiences within school, particularly in relation to social mixing. Drawing on interview data from an ESRC funded study of white middle-class parents whose children attend inner-city comprehensives, we find that parents have higher levels of anxiety about their choice for boys than for girls, expressly due to fears about their sons' ability to cope and maintain social reproduction in socially and ethnically mixed environments. These parents construct white middle-class boys as "sensitive" and the inner-city school as the source of a problematic masculinity that is both threatening and antagonistic to academic success. These classed and racialised anxieties increase the pressure on boys and we find that boys appear to mix less freely than girls. Parental focus on boys also obscures the problems that girls face. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)