Gender Play: Girls and Boys in School / Edition 1 by Barrie Thorne | 9780813519234 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Gender Play: Girls and Boys in School / Edition 1

Gender Play: Girls and Boys in School / Edition 1

by Barrie Thorne
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813519233

ISBN-13: 9780813519234

Pub. Date: 03/28/1993

Publisher: Rutgers University Press


Thorne, a professor of sociology at the University of Southern California, offers her insightful observations of elementary school students in class and at play. Though, as she admits, her status as an adult and an observer may have affected what happened around her, Thorne presents a fascinating account of how children divide themselves--and how others divide

Overview


Thorne, a professor of sociology at the University of Southern California, offers her insightful observations of elementary school students in class and at play. Though, as she admits, her status as an adult and an observer may have affected what happened around her, Thorne presents a fascinating account of how children divide themselves--and how others divide them--along gender lines. Breaking students into teams for contests and the eternal game of "cooties" (a contamination attributed more often to girls than boys) reveal much about the microcosm that these students inhabit, and an extensive look at the tomboy, both in literature and in life, compares her ambiguity (sometimes an insult, sometimes a compliment) to the negative attitudes often elicited by gender-crossing in the other direction. Thorne argues convincingly against the theories of scholars like Deborah Tannen and Carol Gilligan that boys and girls have different "cultures," and she attempts to discourage "gender antagonism." A final section offers concrete steps for teachers to take in forming the attitudes--about gender and other topics--of coming generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813519234
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
381,450
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements

Chapter 1- Children and Gender
Chapter 2- Learning from Kids
Chapter 3- Boys and Girls Together...But Mostly Apart
Chapter 4- Gender Separation: Why and How
Chapter 5- Creating a Sense of "Opposite Sides"
Chapter 6- Do Girls and Boys Have Different Cultures?
Chapter 7- Crossing the Gender Divide
Chapter 8- Lip Gloss and "Goin' With": Becoming Teens
Chapter 9- Lessons for Adults

Notes
References
Index

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