The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Education brings together leading scholars on gender and education to provide an up-to-date and broad-ranging guide to the field. It is a comprehensive overview of different theoretical positions on equity issues in schools. The contributions cover all sectors of education from early years to higher education; curriculum subjects; methodological and theoretical perspectives; and gender identities in education. Each chapter reviews, synthesises, and provides a critical interrogation of key contemporary themes in education. This approach ensures that the book will be an indispensable source of reference for a wide range of readers: students, academics and practitioners.

Masculinities and Femininities and Secondary Schooling: The Case for a Gender Analysis in the Postmodern Condition

Masculinities and femininities and secondary schooling: The case for a gender analysis in the postmodern condition


Secondary schools are locations where students spend a great deal of time not only learning, but also navigating gendered identities.1 ‘People grow between the ages of 11 and 18. These “tweenage” years are distinctive in the making of masculinities and femininities, since not only does the body change, but body meanings and the image repertoire of bodies become, in contradictory ways, “available”’ (Corrigan, 1991: 206). Secondary students often struggle with the contradictions and demands of gender. However much we would like to think the social world is separate from the educational world, these struggles ...

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