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Gender and study achivements in local gender regimes
University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
2011 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
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Abstract [en]

Gender norms emerge as more or less dominant in different contexts and indicate the simultaneous existence of various local gender regimes (Connell, 1999: 2002). The paper focuses on how secondary school boys and girls in grade 9 in Sweden define norms of popularity in relation to study achievements in school (c.f. Frosh, Phoenix & Pattman, 2002). The analysis is based on two data sets, an ethnographic study in two various school settings (including 42 pupils) and a national survey among 3500 pupils. The theoretical emphases are on the multiple definitions of masculinity and femininity constructed and their hierarchical relations to each other. The analysis of the pupils’ definitions of gender norms indicates a strong and confident individual, successful in both social relations and study attainment. Aspects connected to appearance, socially extroversion, self-confidence, sportiness and social networks are claimed as important for gaining popularity among peers. These norms seem generally applicable to boys and girls at most schools, although emphasis and combinations of norms might differ somewhat. The relation between popularity and study achievements in school seem to be more ambiguous and highly connected to the dominating norms at the local schools.

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European Educational Research Association , 2011.
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Social Sciences Pedagogy
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-6603Local ID: 2320/9791OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-6603DiVA: diva2:887299
Conference
Paper presentation at the symposium “The importance of the local when analysing pedagogic institutions and practices”, EERA-conference, Berlin, 13-16 September 2011
Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2017-02-02Bibliographically approved

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