Colluding With or Challenging Hegemonic Masculinity?: Examining Primary School Boys' Plural Gender Practices

Clare Bartholomaeus

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Abstract

Research about masculinities in schools often focuses on hegemonic masculinity. This can have the effect of reinforcing the privilege associated with hegemonic masculinity, as well as overlooking differences amongst boys and the plural practices individual boys engage in. Drawing on empirical research in two South Australian primary schools with students aged 6-7 and 11-13, this article examines the complex ways in which boys engaged in plural gender practices. Practices differing from a discourse of(local) hegemonic masculinity related to three key themes: displaying 'intelligence' and being studious; involvement in traditionally 'feminine' activities; and being caring, loving family and friends, and engaging in cross-gender friendships. This article utilises these themes to argue that practices could work alongside or present challenges to practices relating to a discourse of hegemonic masculinity. An examination of how age and masculinities interweave suggests that a divide between hegemonic and other masculinities and practices is not as distinct as has often been theorised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-293
Number of pages15
JournalAustralian Feminist Studies
Volume28
Issue number77
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

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