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ERIC Number: EJ680757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-1
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
"Other" Boys: Negotiating Non-Hegemonic Masculinities in the Primary School
Renold, Emma
Gender and Education, v16 n2 p247-265 Jun 2004
Focusing on the experiences of boys who choose not to cultivate their masculinities through hegemonic discourses and practices, this paper seeks to empirically explore and theorize the extent to which it is possible to live out the category 'boy' in non-hegemonic ways in the primary school setting. Drawing upon a year-long ethnography of children's constructions of their gender and sexual identities in two primary schools, it examines how a minority of 10- and 11-year-old white working and middle-class boys create and seek out spaces from which they can resist, subvert and actively challenge prevailing hegemonic (heterosexual) masculinities within a peer group pupil culture which thrives on the daily policing and shaming of Other masculinities. The paper attempts to theorize more fully the inter-relationship of hegemonic and non-hegemonic masculinities and argues that the ways in which boys inhabit and construct non-hegemonic masculinities both subverts and reinforces hegemonic gender/sexual relations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A