'I'm not allowed wrestling stuff': Hegemonic masculinity and primary school boys

Clare Bartholomaeus

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)227-247
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of Sociology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012


    • age groups
    • children
    • education
    • feminism
    • gender
    • hegemonic masculinity
    • masculinities
    • primary education


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