Studies of masculinity have been largely absent from educational research. This book presents a collection of current critical scholarship on the creation of masculinities in schools. Contributors examine experiences in North American, Australian and British schools at all levels from preschool to graduation, and from school settings such as computer labs to the football field. The result is a thoughtful analysis of how masculinities are related to competing definitions of masculinity and femininity. The chapters show how masculinities are constructed among teachers, students and administrators, and locates these analyses within broader social, economic and ideological contexts.

Textbooks, Knowledge, and Masculinity: Examining Patriarchy from within

Textbooks, Knowledge, and Masculinity: Examining Patriarchy from within

Textbooks, knowledge, and masculinity: Examining patriarchy from within
JeffreyJ. Kuzmic

What will be maintained throughout this chapter is that while textbooks may appear to be (indeed they are) more representative and inclusive of women, the construction of curricular knowledge continues to define masculinity in ways that support and reproduce patriarchy. The curriculum more generally, and textbooks in particular, of course, do not determine what is taught and learned in/through schools in and of themselves. However, their failure to provide a curricular foundation for examining the significance of gender, the gender order, or the power of men over women leaves an opportunity to question the orientation of the school, the curriculum, and indeed patriarchy, unexamined.

This chapter, then, seeks to examine ...

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