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ERIC Number: EJ687311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1741-4350
The Non-Fiction Reading Habits of Young Successful Boy Readers: Forming Connections between Masculinity and Reading
Smith, Susannah
Literacy, v38 n1 p10-16 Apr 2004
The reading experiences of six young successful boy readers were studied over a two-year period. In this article, their non-fiction reading is analysed and ways in which the boys make positive connections between masculinity and reading are identified. The boys' non-fiction reading centres on typical boy interest areas and hobbies (for example, football, space, dinosaurs) and, through their reading, they have become experts on these areas. This has earned them respect from their peers, particularly other boys, and a high status, hegemonic masculine identity in the classroom. Thus, for this group of boys, unlike many other boys, masculinity and reading are compatible; in this particular version of masculinity, reading is a desirable pursuit.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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