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Roehampton University Research Repository > Education > Department of Education Collection > Negotiating the dichotomy of boffin and Triad: British-Chinese pupils’ constructions of ‘laddism’

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Title: Negotiating the dichotomy of boffin and Triad: British-Chinese pupils’ constructions of ‘laddism’
Authors: Francis, Becky
Archer, Louise
Citation: Sociological Review 2005, 53, 3
Issue Date: 2005
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2005.00563.x
Abstract: Little research has examined constructions of gender among young British-Chinese. This paper seeks to further understanding in this area, particularly in relation to notions of ‘laddism’ currently deployed in educational policy discourse around gender and achievement. As a group British-Chinese boys tend to very high achievement in the British Education system. The notion of ‘laddish behaviour’ as an explanation for boys’ apparent underachievement in comparison to girls at GCSE level was discussed with British-Chinese pupils. An overwhelming majority of British-Chinese pupils supported this explanation, and a majority of these pupils applied notions of ‘laddish behaviour’ to British-Chinese boys, to some extent contesting stereotypes of the Chinese as uniformly ‘good pupils’. However, the discourses of ‘the good Chinese pupil’ and ‘Chinese value of education’ were frequently drawn on by pupil respondents, with the result that the pupils often presented British-Chinese manifestations of ‘laddism’ as mild versions in comparison with pernicious ‘others’. The paper discusses different presentations of laddism among some of the male respondents. It concludes by analysing the impact of ‘raced’ and gendered discourses on British-Chinese constructions of masculinity. British-Chinese boys may be able to adopt versions of masculinity which do not impede their learning, but this tended to result in their masculinity being problematised in teacher discourse
Type: Article
Language: en
Keywords: Biritsh-Chinese
boys
gender
laddism
education
girls
masculinity
Appears in Collections: Department of Education Collection

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