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Type: Journal article
Title: 'I'm not allowed wrestling stuff': hegemonic masculinity and primary school boys
Author: Bartholomaeus, C.
Citation: Journal of Sociology, 2012; 48(3):227-247
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1440-7833
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Clare Bartholomaeus
Abstract: Hegemonic masculinity is Connell’s key concept in a hierarchical framework of masculinities which has had a significant influence on thinking about gender. This article draws on Connell’s theories, previous research and my empirical research to argue that there are limitations to using the concept of hegemonic masculinity, and even hegemonic masculinities, when examining boys and masculinity. Boys are rarely mentioned in definitions and theoretical writing about hegemonic masculinity, yet much research examining primary school boys and masculinity uncritically draws on the concept. My research in Australia with 6- and 7-year-old children found that boys had limited access to hegemonic masculinity. As a possible explanation for its usage by researchers with primary school boys, I explore the potential usefulness of multiple and local hegemonic masculinities.
Keywords: Age groups; children; education; feminism; gender; hegemonic masculinity; masculinities; primary education
Rights: © 2011 The Australian Sociological Association
RMID: 0020121501
DOI: 10.1177/1440783311413484
Appears in Collections:Gender Studies and Social Analysis publications

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