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Prince Charming has perfect white teeth: Performativity and media education

Dezuanni, Michael L. (2006) Prince Charming has perfect white teeth: Performativity and media education. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources.

Abstract

This paper argues that Judith Butler’s post structuralist theory of performativity provides a valuable tool for understanding how students might contest prevailing hegemonic gender discourses in media education classrooms. It suggests an alternative to structuralist "empowerment" and "critical pedagogy" approaches, which continue to motivate many media educators, despite serious questions being asked about their effectiveness. The paper draws on data collected from a unit of work about video games, completed by year ten students at an all boys’ secondary school in Brisbane. It argues that many media related activities fail to elicit genuinely "critical" responses because they are complicit in the regulation of hegemonic discourses. It suggests that teachers are more likely to create the potential for variation in their students’ gender performances if activities are dialogic and open-ended and avoid placing emphasis on discourses of excellence and competition.

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ID Code: 5337
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Media Literacy, Media Education, Video Games and Education, Masculinities, Performativity
ISSN: 1329-878X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified (190299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Computer Gaming and Animation (190202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Interactive Media (190205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 School of EMSAH and the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, UQ
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 26 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:22

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