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Boys' own voices?: The uneasy marriage between Early Childhood Studies and Critical Masculinity Studies
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Education.
2010 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract

Young childrens voices, practices and institutions, dichotomies, categories and power relations that regulates and shape childrens lives is today studied in two new expanding research fields, Early Childhood Studies and Critical Masculinity Studies. Although the fields have much in common, few scholars combine them. The aim of this paper is to discuss this lack and point out some ontological and epistemological obstacles that make it difficult to integrate these research fields. The analysis connects to the conference theme Who Speaks: Exploring Innovative Paradigms & Methodologies and the strand Paradigms, theories and methodologies. The empirical base consists of an discourse analysis of the knowledge production and assumption about boys, masculinity, childhood and childrens voices presented in some British, North American and Swedish articles on young boys and masculinity published 2002-2009 and interview extracts from a Swedish research projects on young boys and schooling conducted by the authors 2005-2007. The paper takes its theoretical points of departure in Post structuralism, Critical Masculinity Studies and Queer Theory. The material have been analysed with the tools offered in Discourse Theory (Laclau & Mouffe 985/2001). The extracts used have been proven. In the presented solution on how to integrate the two research fields in a more fruitful and less contradicting way is a methodological approach suggested which combine them with tools, assumptions and ontologys fetched from queer theory, Actor-Network-Theory (Latour 2005) and and the writings of Deleuze and Guattari. Hereby can boys voices be treated in a way that make it possible to overcome the assumptions on masculinity presented in Masculinity Studies and the assumption of childrens voices as specific and authentic, presented in Childhood Studies

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010.
Keyword [en]
voice, masculinity, childhood, boys, ontology, Other research relevant to Teachers Education
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-10309OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-10309DiVA: diva2:493840
Conference
20th EECERA Conference Knowledge and Voice in Early Childhood: Who know, who speaks, who listens? Birmingham, UK, 6-8 september, 2010
Projects
Maskulinitet på schemat
Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-02-08 Last updated: 2013-06-12Bibliographically approved

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