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Cool Boys' and 'Popular Boys': Boys performing and contesting masculinity norms in primary school
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Education.
2006 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to discuss how the masculinity position cool boy is articulated in interviews, and performed in lessons and playground activities among boys in three Swedish primary school classes and are discussed by three teenage boys. Taking point of departure in Feminist poststructuralism, Queer theory and Critical Studies on Men and Masculinities the focus is directed at ambivalences and contradictions in the discourses constituting the subjects position boy. The position cool boy can be understood as fluid, classed, ethnicified and sexualised position that is both articulated as a stereotypical masculinity position performed as opposition to school and teachers discipline and as a subversive, masculinity position contesting and questioning this stereotypical masculinity. The paper is a report from a project in progress, Becoming a Real Boy, studying how masculinity and masculinity hierarchies are constructed and embodied in preschool, in primary school and in leisure activities

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2006.
Keywords [en]
Masculinity, boys, school, cool, heteronorms
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Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-17875OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-17875DiVA, id: diva2:591492
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2013-01-21

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