Being Boys, Being Girls
Learning Masculinities and Femininities
By (author) Carrie Paechter
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Being Boys, Being Girls by Carrie Paechter
Book DescriptionWhat 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780335219742
(90mm x 60mm x 4mm)
Imprint: Open University Press
Publisher: Open University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Carrie Paechter
Girls and Education 3-16, Paperback (January 2010)
This topical collection highlights the main issues faced by girls in Britain today, and endeavours to put girls back on the educational agenda. It is essential reading for students, academics and researchers in education, sociology, and girls' studies, as well as for school teachers and education policy makers.
Learning, Space and Identity, Paperback (January 2001)
An introduction of new technologies and in particular the resulting possibilities for our virtual presence in virtual spaces, highlights some comparatively neglected aspects of learning. It seeks to redress the balance by presenting a collection of papers, which view learners as embodied actors in both real and virtual spaces.
Knowledge, Power and Learning, Paperback (December 2000)
New technologies are altering the relationship between knowledge, power and learning. This book considers the influence of 'information age' on changing relationship between power and knowledge and how this affects learning in a range of situations, from the school to the learning organization and from the musical conservatoire to the workplace.
Educating the Other : Gender, Power and Schooling, Paperback (January 1998)» View all books by Carrie Paechter
Despite improvements in girls relative academic success at the school leaving level, this book examines how and why girls' education remains subordinated to that of the boys'.
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Author Biography - 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).
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