'Just boys being boys'?

Dalley-Trim, Leanne (2006) 'Just boys being boys'? Youth Studies Australia, 25 (3). pp. 26-33.

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Drawing on data collected for aresearch project at a state secondary school in North Queensland, this research paper reveals the problematic nature of narrow, "common-sense" understandings of boys and of discourse about them. The author holds that by constructing themselves as identifiably masculine subjects, boys engage in a sophisticated range of embodied "performance practices" and complex masculinities. The paper reveals how regarding these "performance practices" as "just boys being boys" results in the denigration; marginalisation, silencing and sexualising of girls. Finally, the paper critiques the Boys: Getting it right Report on the inquiry into the education of boys document (House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Training 2002).

Item ID: 3701
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1038-2569
Keywords: gender; masculinity; performativity; schooling
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Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2009 03:07
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 51%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939904 Gender Aspects of Education @ 49%
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