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The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Gender & Education

1st Edition

Edited by Madeleine Arnot, Mairtin Mac An Ghaill


304 pages

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This new Reader brings together classic pieces of gender theory, as well as examples of the sophistication of contemporary gender theory and research methodologies in the field of education. Leading international gender researchers address current debates about gender, power, identity and culture and concerns about boys’ and girls’ schooling, gender achievement patterns, the boys’ education debate, and gender relationships in the curriculum, the classroom and youth cultures.

The Reader is divided into six sections which reflect contemporary concerns about Gender and Education:

  • Gender and Educational Theory
  • Difference and Power
  • Identity Work
  • Knowledge and Pedagogy
  • Reflexivity and Risk
  • Gender and Citizenship.

A specially written Introduction from the editors, both experts in feminist and masculinity research, provides a much-needed context to the current educational climate. Undergraduates, postgraduates and academics interested in education, gender studies and women’s studies will find this a stimulating and important resource. The analysis of the gender dimensions of the curriculum, teaching and alternative pedagogies also provide important insights for practitioners wishing to promote gender equality.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Gender and Educational Theory 1.Gender Theory and Research in Education: Modernist Traditions and Emerging Contemporary Themes 2. Troubling Boys and Disturbing Discourses on Masculinity and Schooling: A Feminist Exploration of Current Debates and Interventions Concerning Boys in School 3. Education and Gender Identity: Seeking Frameworks of Understanding Part 2: Difference and Power 4. Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory 5. Identity, Abjection and Otherness: Creating the Self, Creating Difference 6. Masculine Domination: Permanence and Change 7. The Big Picture: Masculinities in Recent World History Part 3: Identity Work 8. ‘Spice Girls’, Nice Girls, Girlies and Tomboys: Gender Discourses, Girls’ Cultures and Femininities in the Primary Classroom 9. ‘Lads and Laughter’: Humour and the Production of Heterosexual Hierarchies 10. Gender-blind Racism in the Experience of Schooling and Identity Formation Part 4: Knowledge and Pedagogy 11. Boys don't Write Romance: The Construction of Knowledge and Social Gender Identities in English Classrooms 12. Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Constituting a Discourse of Erotics in Sexuality Education 13. Power, Bodies and Identity: How Different Forms of Physical Education Construct Varying Masculinities and Femininities in Secondary Schools 14. Masculinity, Violence and Schooling: Challenging 'Poisonous Pedagogies' Part 5: Reflexivity and Risk 15. Working Out Intimacy: Young People and Friendship in an Age of Reflexivity 16. Uneasy Hybrid: Psychosocial Aspects of Becoming Educationally Successful for Working-Class Young Women Project 4:21 - Transitions to Womanhood 17. Nomadic Subjects: Young Black Women in Britain Part 6: Gender and Citizenship 18. Citizenship Education and Gender 19. Citizenship and the Self Made Girl

About the Series

RoutledgeFalmer Readers in Education

This authoritative series of Readers provides a rich resource of some of the most influential chapters and articles from leading books and journals within education. Each Reader offers undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to review and reflect upon the key issues they face in their studies. Introduced and edited by some of the leading figures in their fields, these Readers are a lively and informative route map to further reading and understanding, making them an ideal course companion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Reference
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies