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.
Chapter 25: The ‘Right’ Way to Educate Boys: Interrogating the Politics of Boys' Education in Australia
The ‘Right’ Way to Educate Boys: Interrogating the Politics of Boys' Education in Australia
The resurgence of the New Right has emerged in the form of a moral panic with regard to designating boys as the new disadvantaged in Australia, North America and the UK (see Epstein et al., 1998; Foster et al., 2001; Mahony; 2003; Mills, 2003; Martino and Berrill, 2003; Weaver-Hightower, 2005). While this chapter focuses specifically on manifestations of this phenomenon in the Australian context, it is important to foreground the extent to which such a recuperative masculinity politics (Lingard and Douglas, 1999) has fuelled the boys' education debates in other countries (Mahony, 1997; Titus, 2004). In fact, many ...