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Deconstructing the Normative Boy in Pre-school and School and in Masculinity Research
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Education.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Education.
2006 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

As the sociologist Barrie Thorne (1993) has highlighted only some boys and some practices are in focus when masculinity is considered in the classroom and in gender research. The same is the case concerning girls. Both in the contemporary public debate concerning boys, girls and schooling and in research girls and boys are often constructed as two separate and homogeneous groups with different interests and practices. Hereby some positions, bodies, practices and ways of performing masculinity and femininity are neglected and marginalised. By challenging the gender dichotomy and the common understanding of masculinity and femininity and by problemizing the construction of normativity and heterosexuality in nurseries, preschools and schools, in the public debate and in research this session investigates and discusses on the one hand the positions offered, constructed and performed by teachers and boys and girls and on the other hand the possibilities and obstacles connected to the concept of heteronormativity in studies of boys, girls and schooling. What kind of masculinity and femininity positions become performative and are constructed, performed and offered individuals categorised as boy and as girl? What practices are neglected, marginalised and dispelled from masculinity and femininity when normativity and the categories boys and girl are constructed? In what way and in what situations is the gender dichotomy and gender hierarchies constructed and challenged? Is heteronormativity really a fruitful concept in research on boys, girls, masculinity, femininity, sexuality and schooling? What methods can be productive? Are there any problems with the concept? We welcome both empirical and descriptive papers highlighting gender and sexuality constructions in nurseries and classrooms and playgrounds, in the public debate and in research as well as theoretical and methodological papers

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006.
Keyword [en]
Heteronormativity, boys, masculinity, school, Pedagogik, Pedagogy, Pedagogiskt arbete, Educational Work, Annan forskning med relevans för lärarutbildningen, Other research relevant to Teachers Education
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Gender Studies Pedagogy
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Gender Studies; Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-18061OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-18061DiVA: diva2:591685
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Hetero Factory
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