Challenging Macho Values: Practical Ways of Working with Adolescent Boys

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Psychology Press, 1996 - Education - 304 pages
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Using a mix of the latest theory on boys, men and masculinities and candid accounts of classroom-based practice in an inner-city school, Challenging Macho Values examines the hidden problem of what is happening to our adolescent boys today - why they are disruptive, damaging to themselves and others, and underachieving. In this book, Salisbury and Jackson challenge the culture of aggressive manliness within which most boys have grown up. They believe that boys aren't driven to violence because of boredom or because 'boys will be boys'. Rather, boys as well as men are being affected by a loss of purpose and direction as the familiar face of men's working and home roles are crumbling. Boys are entering a shifting world of much greater uncertainty and in this collapsing world many boys and young men are feeling lost and confused
 

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Contents

Why Should Schools Take Working with Adolescent Boys Seriously?
1
The Secondary School as a Gendered Institution
18
Boys Sexualities
40
Sexual Harassment
86
Violence and Bullying
104
Media Education Boys and Masculinities
139
Language as a Weapon
166
The Ideal Manly Body
189
School Sport and the Making of Boys and Men
204
Learning to Take Care of Themselves and Others
216
Life Stories about the Making of Boys
232
Playing War
250
Fathers and Sons
274
Bibliography
292
Index
298
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