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.

“New Times” in an Old Country: Emerging Black Gay Identities and (Hetero) Sexual Discontents

“New Times” in an Old Country: Emerging Black Gay Identities and (Hetero) Sexual Discontents

“New times” in an old country: Emerging black gay identities and (hetero) sexual discontents
Máirtín MacAn Ghaill


I always remember that day you asked, what are schools for. Typical sociologist you really upset the teachers and the students. To them it seemed obvious. I began to think, well what has school been for me. Whatever schools are for, they are obsessed in trying to make sure every one is keeping to the heterosexual rules. Its funny, given that they think that heterosexuality is natural that they have this obsession like religious fundamentalists that you have to keep the faith, keep to the straight and narrow. Given that it is supposed to be normal ...

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