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ERIC Number: EJ834702
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Voicing Resistance: Adolescent Boys and the Cultural Practice of Leisure Reading
Hamston, Julie; Love, Kristina
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v26 n2 p183-202 Jun 2005
This article describes a theoretically informed methodology for eliciting the voices of adolescent boys identified by their teachers and parents as reluctant leisure time readers. Similar methods have also been used to draw out the voices of the boys' parents to understand their efforts to guide and maintain their sons' literacy practices, within the context of one middle class Australian school community. The concept of "voice" in our research of boys as capable but differently committed leisure time readers is informed by a socio-cultural theory that foregrounds the processes of enculturation, appropriation, and agency as fundamental to identity formation. In this regard the varied ways in which the boys in the study have taken up the reading practices valued in their families is illustrative of the mutuality of individual agency and cultural processes. In describing both the theoretical and conceptual framing of a methodology designed to investigate in particular those boys who have resisted their families' reading dispositions we hope to highlight how individuals struggle to construct new values within patterns of cultural practice. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 6; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia