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Concealing and revealing: boys-literacy and biculturalism

Jetnikoff, Anita (1997) Concealing and revealing: boys-literacy and biculturalism. In Alloway, Nola & Gilbert, Pam (Eds.) Boys and Literacy: Professional development Units. Curriculum Corporation, Carlton, Vic., pp. 34-43.

Abstract

This paper explores the success factors involved in bicultural boys' experiences of academic and social aspects of school life. The school is a regulatory site which operates on a 'normalising' regime. For these bicultural boys, 'visibility' plays a central role in belonging. These students succeeded because they discovered what practices were normal and therefore powerful in the sometimes contradictory contexts of home, social life and school. As a consequence they became masters at concealing and revealing parts of their respective identities. This research has implications for the English classroom, where ethnic subjects are barraged with mainstream Western ideas, themes, values and classroom discourse practices, such as talking and sharing personal ideas and texts.

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ID Code: 6575
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: This paper has been used in professional development workshops on Boys and Literacy. For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website or contact the author.
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Keywords: Boys and Literacy, boys, biculturalism and identity, masculinity and race, multiculturalism and autobiography, Senior English and multiculturalism
ISBN: 1863664203
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1997 DEETYA
Deposited On: 19 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 15:34

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