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Mayeza, Emmanuel – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2018
This paper focuses on the ways in which five- to seven-year-old primary school children in a Black/African township in South Africa construct and experience 'free play' in the classroom. Findings highlight the gendered manner in which play is constructed and constantly policed by these young children during 'free play'. By foregrounding the young…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Young Children, Play
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Mayeza, Emmanuel – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2018
South African research on young children's constructions of social identities illuminates the significance of play in the construction of gender identities. However, what remains largely understudied are the children's construction of sexualities through play. The dominant discourse of "childhood innocence" obscures the variegated…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Self Concept, Sexual Identity
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Bhana, Deevia – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2008
Whenever gender violence and schooling have been the topic of South African research, the investigations focus on African boys in secondary schools. In contrast, this paper focuses on the ways in which violence is mobilized by African schoolgirls in a working-class primary school context. By drawing on selected elements of an ethnographic study of…
Descriptors: Violence, Females, Ethnography, Adult Basic Education