This book explores new questions and lines of analysis within
the field of gender and education, conveying some of the style and
diversity of contemporary research directions. It celebrates as
well as assesses the achievements of feminist work in education,
acknowledging this legacy while also troubling and opening up for
critical reflection any potential stalemates and sticking points in
research trends on gender and education. The collection has a
strong cross-cultural focus, with chapters exploring experiences of
students and teachers in the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, Hawaii
and South Africa. The chapters examine topics relevant to both boys
and girls education and to forms of education which span different
sectors and both informal and formal spaces. Issues examined
include citizenship and belonging, affect, authority and pedagogy,
sexuality and the body, racism, and national identity and new and
emerging forms of masculinity and femininity. Across these varied
terrains, each of the authors engages with theoretical work
informed by a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary
approaches from across the social sciences and humanities, drawing
variously from postcolonial, queer, and new sociological theories
of modernity and identity, as well as from fields such as cultural
geography and narrative studies.
This collection of thought-provoking essays is essential reading
for scholars and graduate students wanting to understand the
current state of play on research and theory on gender and
This book was published in a special issue of Discourse: Studies
in the Cultural Politics of Education.
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