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David Corson

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Chapter 6: Gender, Discourse and Senior Education: Ligatures for Girls, Options for Boys?

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Gender, Discourse and Senior Education: Ligatures for Girls, Options for Boys?
Gender, discourse and senior education: Ligatures for girls, options for boys?
DavidCorson

This chapter links its discussion of gendered discursive practices in schooling to a discussion of the important differences in ‘life chances' that education can confer upon its graduates. Education usually gives people two types of life chances: additional ‘options' in their lives, which means a greater range of choices in their future; and stronger ‘ligatures’, which means the bonds between individuals and groups that develop as a result of people's experiences in education. I suggest that there are sex differences in access to options and ligatures that relate directly to gendered discursive practices and norms that the institution of education helps to reproduce and ...

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