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ERIC Number: EJ816541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1085-3545
The Making of "Masculinity": The Impact of Symbolic and Physical Violence on Students, Pre-K and Beyond
Serriere, Stephanie Cayot
Democracy & Education, v18 n1 p21-27 Oct 2008
This article examines the relationship between dominant masculinities and school safety. The author shows how the social construction of masculinity impacts the safety of boys and girls in school--socially, emotionally, and physically. Drawing from research on early masculinities, incidences of bullying, hate crimes, and school shootings, the author shows how "codes," processes, and approaches of "making a man" perpetuate such notions of violence, in both the subtle and more recognized, physical ways. The author shows that "masculinity" is taught and reinforced in ways that impact the safety of boys and girls in school. The author concludes that safety in school is predicated on the continuous development of hope, dignity, and confidence for all students and offers suggestions toward that aim. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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