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Playing the field(s) : an exploration of change, conformity and conflict in girls' understandings of gendered physicality in physical education.

Hills, L. (2006) 'Playing the field(s) : an exploration of change, conformity and conflict in girls' understandings of gendered physicality in physical education.', Gender & education., 18 (5). pp. 539-556.

Abstract

This paper draws on data from a year-long ethnographic study of a group of 12- to 13-year-old girls that explored the processes through which they negotiated gendered physicality within the context of physical education. Bourdieu's concepts of habitus and social fields and McNay's extension of his work underpin a discussion of three contexts where girls experience and process understandings of gendered physicality: football and curriculum; home/school; and (hetero)sexuality. Girls' identification of inequitable practices, modifications of behaviours with regard to perceived norms, and reflections on inconsistencies within and across social fields indicated the susceptibility of the gendered habitus to subversions. The notion of regulated liberties rather than resistance captures girls' more subtle negotiations of gendered power relations as well as the ambiguities most girls experienced. Implications for teaching include creating space for critical inquiry, incorporating inclusive practices, recognizing girls' interests, and exploring the influence of peer groups and friends.

Item Type:Article
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Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540250600881691
Record Created:08 Aug 2008
Last Modified:04 Oct 2010 16:45

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