"So What's a Boy ?": Addressing Issues of Masculinity and Schooling

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"So What's a Boy ?": Addressing Issues of Masculinity and Schooling by Wayne Martino, Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

This work focuses on the impact and effects of masculinities on the lives of boys at school. Through the interviews with boys from diverse cultural backgrounds and multiple social locations it explores the ways in which boys define and negotiate their masculinities at school.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780335203819
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 04/01/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Wayne Martino is senior lecturer in Education at Murdoch University in Western Australia.
Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli is senior lecturer in Social Diversity, Health and Education at Deakin University, Australia.

Table of Contents


Part one: Normalisation and schooling

'So what's a boy?'
normalising practices and borderland existences
'You have to be strong, big and muscular'
boys, bodies and masculinities
'That's what normal boys do'
bullying and harassment in the lives of boys at school
'Getting into the cool group is like passing an exam'
boys talk about friendships at school

Part two: Diverse masculinities

'It was never openly talked about'
the experiences of sexually diverse students at school
'If you're a wog you're cool, but if you're Asian you get picked on'
multiple masculinities and cultural diversity
'One of the main problems at school would be racism'
indigenous boys, masculinities and schooling
'You're not a real boy if you're disabled'
boys negotiating physical disability and masculinity in schools

Part three: Sites of intervention

'There's no opportunity for guys to get down and think about what they're doing and why they are doing it'
boys interrogating 'masculinity' in schools
'It's the politics of my school that upsets me'
the rhetoric and realities of school policies, structures and pedagogies
'It's not the way guys think'
interrogating masculinities in English and physical education
'So what's a healthy boy?'
health education as a site of risk, conformity and resistance

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