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'Lad' research, the reproduction of stereotypes?: ethnographic dilemmas when researching boys from working-class background
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3737-3244
2015 (English)In: Ethnography and Education, ISSN 1745-7823, E-ISSN 1745-7831, Vol. 10, no 2, 215-229 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous research presented in this journal and elsewhere has suggested that vocational education is highly gender segregated and it is the heavy industrial sectors such as industry, vehicle and construction programmes that mainly attract boys with an anti-school attitude who are not interested in academic school work. However, there are good reasons to also question the reproduction of these stereotypes and how they may operate in relation to youth in education. This article therefore discusses issues connected to carrying out research in settings with a majority of boys from working-class backgrounds. It focuses specifically on methodological questions and possibly hidden forms of methodological bias in ethnographic research as well as the formulation of research questions (turn of gaze) and how these may work in relation to the reproduction or rupture of standard gender stereotypes in education research. The article highlights interviewing individually or in groups, initial encounters and the turn of gaze in ethnography.

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Taylor & Francis, 2015. Vol. 10, no 2, 215-229 p.
Keyword [en]
ethnography, upper secondary school, masculinities, vocational
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Pedagogical Work
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educational work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-104443DOI: 10.1080/17457823.2015.1016054OAI: diva2:819735
Available from: 2015-06-11 Created: 2015-06-11 Last updated: 2015-10-07Bibliographically approved

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