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Counting Boys In By Counting Boys Out: Masculinity Studies and the masculinization and marketalization of Swedish school
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Education.
2009 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract

During the last years an interesting shift has taken place in the Nordic gender equality debate. By the anxiety raised by The Olympic Knowledge Game and international knowledge test as TIMMs and PISA and the national achievements statistics an Anglo-American discourse on failing boys have been imported and picked up in the Nordic countries. Hereby has boys achievements been highlighted as an important gender equality problem. In the debate are boys described as lazy, illiterate and uninterested in schoolwork and as collectively practicing a spread male anti-achievement culture. The aim of this paper is to problematise these descriptions and other assumptions made in the debate and to, by connecting the anxiety about boys performances to a broader context, present an analysis of the discourses and presumptions underlying the debate. It is argue that the emphasise of a rather small statistic gender difference in achievements and project of counting low achieving boys in, the stereotype descriptions of boys, the efforts to make well achieving boys more efficient and boys in general less protesting, also can be understood as a male project to adjust boys, teachers and school to a metronormative, hegemonic and masculine paradigm emphasizing rationality, accountability, authority, competition, efficiency, discipline, control, tests, profit and a quantitative knowledge concept. Further is it argued that, by the import of Anglo-American masculinity theories and results, and the appropriation of the problematisation of the stereotypic masculinity concept made in feminist studies and Critical Masculinity Studies, masculinity and feminist scholars and masculinity theories and masculinity research today actually are taking active part in the reproduction of a rational, authoritarian and economic oriented masculinity that the theories and research actually was established to undermine. Theoretical point of departure is Jon Mackenzies emphasize of performance as a new discipline concept and Judith Halberstam's discussions of Metronormativity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009.
Keyword [en]
Boys, masculinity. achievement, gender, metronormativity, performance, masculinity scholars
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-11091OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-11091DiVA: diva2:494657
Conference
paper presenterat på konferensen Foranderlige mænd og maskuliniteter i ligestillede samfund?, Roskilde Universitetscenter, Denmark 28-30 januari 2009
Projects
Maskulinitet på schemat
Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-02-08 Last updated: 2013-06-12Bibliographically approved

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