Back to the future on gender and anti-school boys: a response to Jeffrey Smith

Abraham, John (2008) Back to the future on gender and anti-school boys: a response to Jeffrey Smith. Gender and Education, 20 (1). pp. 89-94. ISSN 0954-0253

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Abstract

This article examines recent claims by Jeffrey Smith that: (1) 'hegemonic masculinity' is an expression of working class counter-school culture; (2) some teachers are 'cultural accomplices' in constructing 'hegemonic masculinities' of anti-school working class boys, thereby contributing to their underachievement; and (3) these 'cultural accomplices' are an emerging response to recent moral panics and neo-liberal managerialism concerned with 'failing boys' at school. It is suggested that 'hegemonic masculinity' is not necessarily associated with anti-school values in working class culture. Many working class boys might subscribe to 'hegemonic masculinity' without rejecting learning. Contrary to Smith's emphasis on how working class culture generates anti-school 'hegemonic masculinity', there is the possibility that 'hegemonic masculinity' is fused with anti-school values produced by organisational differentiation. The continuing commonalities between working class anti-school boys and the 'gender regime' of some secondary schools for over 20 years implies something more enduring at work than recent moral panics.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: John Abraham
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:44
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2012 13:57
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18076
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