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ERIC Number: EJ896931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Re/Theorising Gender: Female Masculinity and Male Femininity in the Classroom?
Francis, Becky
Gender and Education, v22 n5 p477-490 Sep 2010
Recent gender theorising has been enlivened by post-structuralist accounts of gender as "disembodied"; the reading of gender performances as distinct from sexed bodies. However, there has been little application of such theoretical positions to empirical analysis in gender and education. This article employs two such positions--that of "female masculinity and male femininity", and that of "gender monoglossia and heteroglossia"--to data raised from a research project on high-achieving pupils. It is argued that although cases of female masculinity and male femininity are identified, such labels can usefully be applied to only a very small number of pupils, and even here there are profound problems in the conceptual application. The concept of gender heteroglossia appeared applicable to a far larger number of pupils. It is argued that this latter concept offers a less rigid application, that can incorporate analysis both of continuing patterns of gender inequality (as reflective of gender monoglossia), and of individual, gender-transgressive (heteroglossic) performances. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)