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Faculty Publication: Heather Albanesi, Sociology

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Article Abstract

"This study examines patterns in the kinds of discourses parents use to think about when to start their children in kindergarten in the US. Parents of three- to six-year olds were interviewed to gain an understanding of how parents make the 'redshirting' decision and the extent to which parental concern for sons' achievement of successful masculinity plays into that choice. Focusing on the parents of male children, this analysis reveals parents employ two gender-related discourses: (1) the 'failing boys' backlash debate, surrounding the notion that schools are assumed to favour girls and how girls learn, and (2) a discourse involving the importance of hegemonic masculinity in competition with other boys."  -- from the journal

Posted: 11/29/2017