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Learning to Live in Boys’ Schools
Art-led Understandings of Masculinities

ISBN 9780367587666
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

This book is about boys’ experiences of being educated in independent single-sex schools in Canada. These experiences, which are oftentimes attributed to particular places and moments at school, reveal ways in which school places are both "companionable" and "influential" in how boys become available to themselves and others as they pursue the possibility of becoming somebody. Curious about how masculinities show up in places at school and studying the sorts of gendered subjectivities that such places invite, entice, support and deny, the book extends beyond traditional ways of thinking and writing about the production of masculinities in education by introducing a different set of conceptual orientations and inquiry practices, including post-masculinities, weak theory, and art-led research and thought practices.

Table of Contents

Part I: Learning to Live in Boys’ Schools: Coming to the Study

1. Studying Boys’ Educational Experiences: An Introduction

2. Reading Andrew D. Cohen’s Essay, Boys School

Part II: Approaching Gender Research from an Art-Led Research Perspective

3. The Promise of Aesthetics

4. The Promise of Photography

5. The Promise of the Curatorial

6. The Promise of Weak Theory

Part III: Learning to Live in Boys’ Schools: Stories that Boys Tell About Themselves and Others

7. On Giving an Account

8. Stories that Boys Tell at Preston Hall School for Boys

9. Stories that Boys Tell at Redmayne College

10. Concluding Thoughts


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Dónal O'Donoghue is Professor of Art Education in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at The University of British Columbia, Canada.