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CYNTHIA A. HASBROOK & OTHELLO HARRIS

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Chapter 2: Wrestling with Gender: Physicality and Masculinities among Inner-City First and Second Graders

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Wrestling with Gender: Physicality and Masculinities among Inner-City First and Second Graders
Wrestling with gender: Physicality and masculinities among inner-city first and second graders
CYNTHIA A.HASBROOK
OTHELLOHARRIS

The achievement of a gendered identity and the invoking of gender as a means of making sense of the world are very important in the everyday lives of young children (Davies, 1989, 1993). Children engage in daily interactive practices that signify, reflect, and express gender. These gendering practices may be viewed as “disciplinary practices” that variously produce and privilege subordinate feminine and masculine bodies (Foucault, 1979). Children actively “do” gender (West & Zimmerman, 1991) by engaging in practices that create differences both between and among them. In the process, femininities (subordinate and emphasized) and masculinities (subordinate and hegemonic) are both reproduced and ...

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