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Young working-class men do not read: or do they?: Challenging the dominant discourse of reading
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2231-6386
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
2017 (English)In: Gender and Education, ISSN 0954-0253, E-ISSN 1360-0516Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In the majority of the research on boys’ and young men’s relation to reading, it is argued that boys and young men read too little, read poorly and in all the wrong ways. However, few studies focus on how boys and young men read the texts they do encounter. In particular, there is a lack of research on young men of workingclass background, whose relationship to reading is stressed as particularly problematic in many studies. In this article, we approach the reader histories of three young working-class men from a life story perspective, on the basis of a broad definition of text and reading, to capture how reading and texts are used in their identity construction. Our analysis shows that the young men engage in reading in different ways, from listening to audio books and reading aloud to watching films. We argue that our approach makes it possible to re-envision working-class men as readers who, among other things, use reading to construct softer masculinities, thus challenging the dominant narrative of workingclass masculinity and working-class men’s relationship to reading and texts.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
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Reading, masculinity, class, life story, identity, reader history
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Educational Sciences
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Educational Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-48270DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2017.1303825OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-48270DiVA: diva2:1087412
Available from: 2017-04-06 Created: 2017-04-06 Last updated: 2017-06-19Bibliographically approved

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