Rethinking the possibilities for hegemonic femininity: exploring a Gramscian framework

Paechter, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-3050-5571, 2018. Rethinking the possibilities for hegemonic femininity: exploring a Gramscian framework. Women's Studies International Forum, 68, pp. 121-128. ISSN 0277-5395

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In this paper I consider and challenge the ways in which hegemonic femininity has mainly been conceptualised in the gender literature. This approach has several limitations, including being strongly binary, positioning girls and women as Other and frequently essentialised. After suggesting some criteria for a more useful conceptualisation, I consider some of the alternatives, which I critique for their dependence on sexuality and sexual desire. I propose an alternative definition of hegemonic gender performances, avoiding binary distinctions, building on Francis et al.'s (2016) suggestion that a more directly Gramscian conceptualisation may be useful. Having outlined this alternative, I examine how it is played out in the specific context of one English primary school classroom.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Women's Studies International Forum
Creators: Paechter, C.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: May 2018
Volume: 68
ISSN: 0277-5395
Rights: © 2018 The Author. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 04 May 2018 15:42
Last Modified: 04 May 2018 15:43

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