A Tangle of Trouble: boys, masculinityand schooling—future directions

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This article takes up the growing concern regarding boys and schoolingwhich is receiving international attention. Critical of the contemporary discourses of ‘panic’ that do not address the complexities and diversity of the lives of boys inschools, the authors draw on both the critical scholarship in masculinities, as wellas their own experience. In addition to highlighting the heteronormative privilegewhich many boys have historically been granted, the article makes visible thecounter-hegemonic masculine performances of a group of young men in school inorder to offer alternative possibilities of masculine practice. Finally, the authorssuggest that the debate about boys in schooling may benefit from a focus on thesocial gendered performances of boys rather than on the claim that girls arereceiving too much attention or on educational deficiencies.

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