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Growing Up: Gendered Experiences In School

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This chapter illuminates what Connell calls the "gender regime" of the school through the experience of the participants. Beginning with a brief discussion of the academic trajectory of the participants in this study, various aspects of schooling such as the structure of the school, the gender of the teachers, discipline and peer culture are examined. The latter half of this chapter discusses sport in the context of physical education as well as of extra-curricula activities outside school regulations, exploring sex-segregation and hierarchy among the participants. While a little more than fifty per cent of male junior high school students enrolled in high school, just forty per cent of female students went on to high school. Masculinity depends on the physical and psychological power that men embody. Sports, which occupy an important part of the identity development of little boys into young men, provide us with an insight into male embodiment.

Keywords: Connell; gender regime; masculinity; psychological power; school; sex-segregation; up: Gendered experiences



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