How to be masculine in the block area

Danby, Susan J. & Baker, Carolyn D. (1998) How to be masculine in the block area. Childhood, 5(2), pp. 151-175.

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This article focuses on the social interactions of several boys aged 3-5 years in the block area of a preschool classroom in a childcare setting. Using transcripts of video segments showing these boys engaged in daily play and interactions, the article analyses two episodes that occurred in the first weeks of the school year. At first glance, both episodes appear chaotic, with little appearance of order among the players. A closer analysis reveals a finely organized play taking place, with older boys teaching important lessons to the newcomers about how to be masculine in the block area. These episodes illustrate that masculinity is not a fixed character trait, but is determined through practice and participation in the activities of masculinity. Play and conflict are the avenues through which this occurs.

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ID Code: 33713
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: conflict, early childhood, gender, masculinity, play
DOI: 10.1177/0907568298005002004
ISSN: 1461-7013
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 04 Aug 2010 21:39
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2013 05:35

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