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Boys and girls come out to play: making masculinities and femininities in primary playgrounds

Epstein, Debbie, Kehily, Mary, Mac an Ghaill, Mairtin and Redman, Peter 2001. Boys and girls come out to play: making masculinities and femininities in primary playgrounds. Men and Masculinities 4 (2) , pp. 158-172. 10.1177/1097184X01004002004

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This article is based on the ethnographic study of children's play at break time in two contrasting primary schools in north London. Play in the two schools was differently gendered, at least partly because of the different organization of the playground. The article will argue that children will use the means available to them to construct gender in their playgrounds and that this will frequently involve the reproduction of hegemonic cultural identities and relations of power. However, the article will go on to argue that local interventions at the level of the individual school can and do bring into question such identities and power relations, in the process making available to children ways of being that are more open to possibility and difference.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: football, gender, masculinity, play, playground organization
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1097-184X
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 22:06

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