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Troubling Gender in Education

Edited By Jo-Anne Dillabough, Julie McLeod, Martin Mills Copyright 2009
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    This book explores new questions and lines of analysis within the field of ‘gender and education’, conveying some of the style and diversity of contemporary research directions. It celebrates as well as assesses the achievements of feminist work in education, acknowledging this legacy while also ‘troubling’ and opening up for critical reflection any potential stalemates and sticking points in research trends on gender and education. The collection has a strong cross-cultural focus, with chapters exploring experiences of students and teachers in the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, Hawaii and South Africa. The chapters examine topics relevant to both boys’ and girls’ education and to forms of education which span different sectors and both informal and formal spaces. Issues examined include citizenship and belonging, affect, authority and pedagogy, sexuality and the body, racism, and national identity and new and emerging forms of masculinity and femininity. Across these varied terrains, each of the authors engages with theoretical work informed by a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from across the social sciences and humanities, drawing variously from postcolonial, queer, and new sociological theories of modernity and identity, as well as from fields such as cultural geography and narrative studies.

    This collection of thought-provoking essays is essential reading for scholars and graduate students wanting to understand the current state of play on research and theory on ‘gender and education’.

    This book was published in a special issue of Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.

    1. Jo-Anne Dillabough, Julie McLeod & Martin Mills: Setting the scene

    2. Becky Francis & Christine Skelton, Roehampton University: ‘The Self-Made Self’: analysing the applicability of current key ideas for theories of gender and education

    3. Mary Jane Kehily, The Open University, and Anoop Nayak, Newcastle University UK: Young men in crisis and young women in clover? Representations of gender in late modernity

    4. Sheila L. Cavanagh, York University: Sex in the Lesbian Teacher’s Closet: The Hybrid Proliferation of Gender Queers in the School

    5. Deevia Bhana, University of KwaZulu-Natal: Bad schoolgirls! Constructing violent femininities in a South African working class primary school

    6. Wayne Martino & Goli Rezai-Rashti, The University of Western Ontario: Muslim identities, gender relations and the politics of schooling

    7. Hannah Tavares, The University of Hawaii: When the Familiar is Strange: Encountering the Cultural Politics of Hawaii in the College Classroom

    8. Jo-Anne Dillabough: Critical Histories and Possible Futures: The Marriage of the Anti- Modernist Ideals of Hannah Arendt with Contemporary Gender Theory in Education

    9. Julie McLeod: Post subjects - Gender and education after the turn to subjectivity

    10. Jo-Anne Dillabough: Julie McLeod & Martin Mills Conclusion


    Jo-Anne Dillabough is a Reader at the University of Cambridge, UK, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She is co-editor of Challenging Democracy: International Perspectives on Gender, Education and Citizenship and Globalisation, Education and Social Change. Her forthcoming co-authored book is entitled Lost Youth in the Global City (with J. Kennelly, 2009).

    Julie McLeod is an Associate Professor in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. She is co-editor (with Andrea Allard) of Learning from the Margins: Young Women, Education and Social Exclusion; and co-author (with Lyn Yates) of Making Modern Lives: Subjectivity, Schooling and Social Change; and (with Rachel Thomson) of Researching Social Change: Qualitative Approaches.

    Martin Mills is a Professor in the School of Education, The University of Queensland, and Visiting Professor at Roehampton University, London. He is the editor of Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. He is co-author of Teachers and Schooling: Making a Difference (with Deb Hayes, Pam Christie & Bob Lingard) and Teaching Boys (with Amanda Keddie).