Issues of power, masculinity, and gender justice : Sally's story of teaching boys

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Title Issues of power, masculinity, and gender justice : Sally's story of teaching boys
Author Keddie, Amanda
Journal Name Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Oxford, UK
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Despite calls for a more nuanced approach to issues of gender and equity that recognizes how broader relations of gender and power continue to produce injustices for many females, essentialized accounts expressing concern about boys' poor educational performance remain the most common refrain in dominant equity discourses across Western contexts. This common refrain characteristic of current large scale gender reforms, such as Australia's parliamentary inquiry into the education of boys, Boys: Getting it right, is driven by a standards rather than social justice focus and thus creates silences around issues of gender injustice, power, and constructions of hegemonic masculinity. In this paper, I present "Sally's" story as a disruption of these silences. Sally is a young English teacher at "Penfolds College", an all boys Catholic school in a large urban centre in Queensland (Australia). Her story, in illustrating how particular boys draw on broader discourses of masculinity to sexually harass and intimidate her, highlights the inadequacies of dominant public and policy discourse in terms of its failure to locate boys' educational issues within broader contexts of inequitable gender relations.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01596300601073085
Volume 28
Issue Number 1
Page from 21
Page to 35
ISSN 0159-6306
Date Accessioned 2010-01-20
Date Available 2010-02-23T06:21:46Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Institute for Higher Education
Subject Cultural Studies
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/28877
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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