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ERIC Number: EJ976074
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Conflict, Provocation and Fights among Boys in a South African High School
Hamlall, Vijay; Morrell, Robert
Gender and Education, v24 n5 p483-498 2012
Boys are commonly associated with disruptive behaviour and physical fighting at school. Explanations for this behaviour range from naturalistic "boys will be boys" approaches to analyses which focus on the social construction of masculinity and emphasise the gendered nature of boys' behaviour. Whichever view holds sway, it is often assumed that conflict and disagreement lead, in automatic, linear and unproblematic ways, to instances of physical violence. In fact, the situation is more complicated and less predictable. Provocations (taunts, insults and jostling) may escalate conflict and give rise to fights but this will depend on the form, the social and physical setting, the school's gender regime and, critically, the investment of individual boys in particular constructions of masculinity. In this article, we explore how boys in a coeducational secondary school in Durban, South Africa, verbally provoke one another and how these provocations on some, but not all, occasions result in physical violence. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa