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Being Boys; Being Girls: Learning Masculinities and Femininities By Carrie Paechter

Being Boys; Being Girls: Learning Masculinities and Femininities

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This book is about how boys and girls learn to be men and women. Drawing on a wide range of studies, the author examines how masculinities and femininities are developed and understood by children and young people, in families, in schools, and with their peers.
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Being Boys; Being Girls: Learning Masculinities and Femininities by Carrie Paechter

  • What is it like being a boy or a girl?
  • How do boys and girls learn to be men and women?
  • How do families, schools and children's peer groups influence the ways in which children think of themselves as male and female?
Being Boys, Being Girls explores how boys and girls learn what it is to be male and female. Drawing on a wide range of studies from around the world, the book examines how masculinities and femininities are developed and understood by children and young people in families, in schools, and through interaction with their peers.

One of the key concepts underlying this book is that our identities are constructed and performed in particular ways which help us to understand who we are and how we fit in with the world. This means that these identities are constantly changing according to where we are, what we are doing, and whom we are with. Who we are, and what we think about ourselves, only makes sense in relation to what is going on around us.

The author provides a clear explanation of the underpinning idea that children's understandings of gender are developed and constructed in local communities of masculinity and femininity practice. She brings together research on children and their construction and understanding of gender across the 0-18 age range and includes explicit suggestions for strategies and interventions.

This book is essential reading for students and academics in childhood, education and gender studies and for those with an interest in gender development and the construction of masculinities and femininities.

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About Carrie Paechter


Carrie Paechter is Professor of Education in the Department of Educational Studies and Dean of the Graduate School, Goldsmiths, University of London. She is author of Changing School Subjects: power, gender and curriculum (Open University Press, 2000).

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements
Introduction
Sex and gender, power and knowledge
Masculinities and femininities as communities of practice
Learning masculinities and femininities from parents, carers and siblings
Masculinities and femininities in early years classrooms
Boys and girls in primary schools
Play and children's peer groups: Constructing masculinities and femininities in outdoor spaces
Masculinities and femininities in secondary schools
Being and becoming: Learning masculinities and femininities in teenage communities
Conclusion

Additional information

GOR007093002
Being Boys; Being Girls: Learning Masculinities and Femininities by Carrie Paechter
Carrie Paechter
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Open University Press
2007-07-01
160
0335219748
9780335219742
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