Journal article

COLLUDING WITH OR CHALLENGING HEGEMONIC MASCULINITY?: Examining Primary School Boys' Plural Gender Practices

Clare Bartholomaeus

AUSTRALIAN FEMINIST STUDIES | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2013

Abstract

Research about masculinities in schools often focuses on hegemonic masculinity. This can have the effect of reinforcing the privilege associated with hegemonic masculinity, as well as overlooking differences amongst boys and the plural practices individual boys engage in. Drawing on empirical research in two South Australian primary schools with students aged 6-7 and 11-13, this article examines the complex ways in which boys engaged in plural gender practices. Practices differing from a discourse of(local) hegemonic masculinity related to three key themes: displaying 'intelligence' and being studious; involvement in traditionally 'feminine' activities; and being caring, loving family and fr..

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