Where are the feminine boys? Interrogating the positions of feminised masculinities in research on gender and childhood

Paechter, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-3050-5571, 2019. Where are the feminine boys? Interrogating the positions of feminised masculinities in research on gender and childhood. Journal of Gender Studies. ISSN 0958-9236

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Abstract

In this paper I examine the postion of feminine boys in the literature on gender and childhood. I argue that there has been little systematic research carried out on feminine boys, and that this is the case for several reasons. I start with discussing how researchers tend to focus on dominant narratives, with the result that alternative positions are either ignored or treated as straightforwardly subordinate. Following that, I consider some of the problems associated with how we define femininity in boys, and difficulties related to naming a boy as feminine. I then call into question the assumption that feminine boys are always subordinate in schools and related settings, and discuss spaces of resistance. Finally, I suggest ways in which research could move forward in this area.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Gender Studies
Creators: Paechter, C.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 13 May 2019
ISSN: 0958-9236
Identifiers:
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10.1080/09589236.2019.1597339DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 18 Mar 2019 12:22
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2019 03:00
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/36064

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