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.

Preparing to Coach: Tracking the Gendered Relations of Dominance, on and off the Football Field

Preparing to Coach: Tracking the Gendered Relations of Dominance, on and off the Football Field

Preparing to coach: Tracking the gendered relations of dominance, on and off the football field
NancyLesko

The faces of the [football] players were young, but the perfection of their equipment, the gleaming shoes and helmets and the immaculate pants and jersies, the solemn ritual that was attached to almost everything, made them seem like boys going off to fight a war for the benefit of someone else, unwitting sacrifices to a strange and powerful god.

Bissinger, 1990, p. 11

Competitive athletics is a high-status dimension of U.S. schooling, a domain dominated by men's sports. More than half of all student participation in extracurriculars is in the athletic/sports category (Berk, 1992). Despite male ...

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