Negotiating Masculinities and Bodies in Schools

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This book explores gender and the body in relation to the postmodern condition, challenging the stability of modernist understandings of gender and making a case for viewing gender as a pedagogical tool rather than as a threat. The research was conducted online among female-to-male transgender and gay men participants, presenting a complex methodological analysis to further question the stability of subjective gender identities. Historical moments when technology and gender have collided are considered as illustrations of the possibilities inherent in technology for renegotiating gendered identities. Further, contemporary debates about boys and academic underachievement are critically examined to illustrate how the resistance to a gender analysis may perpetuate educational inequities. This text offers the potential for building new theories to address gender gravity as a force that can be actively resisted and renegotiated as a part of everyday educational practices.


“Dr. Kevin Davison’s work makes an important contribution to our understanding of the interrelations among identity, sexuality, and technology. In so doing, it serves as a key resource for us teaching upper-undergraduate and graduate university courses. School teachers, too, will find the work provocative as well, articulating in theoretical and ethnographic terms much of what they can discern in their own classrooms.” - Dr. William F. Pinar, University of British Columbia

“This book makes an important contribution to the field of gender studies. It raises thought-provoking questions about the significance of postmodern thought for addressing both theoretical and methodological issues related to demystifying and disrupting understandings of gender that are limited by the physical body ... It should be read by educators, researchers and gender scholars alike who are committed to dismantling oppressive gender hierarchies.” - Dr. Wayne Martino, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario

“In this book, Dr. Kevin Davison emerges as leading a new generation of international writing, informed by a multi-theoretical sensibility and sophisticated methodology that is highly productive in interrogating school-based cultural representations of embodied male and female objects. In so doing, in a text marked by extensive knowledge, meticulous analysis, original thinking and persuasive argument, he succeeds in defining a new field of inquiry.” - Dr. Mairtin Mac an Ghaill, Department of Sociology, University of Birmingham

Table of Contents

Foreword by William F. Pinar
Preface by Maírtin Mac an Ghail
1 Causing Complexity
2 Theoretical Toolkit for Building Gender Literacies
3 Technologies and the Renegotiation of Gender and Bodies
4 Gendered Bodies Researching Gendered Bodies
5 Bodies on the Edge of Gender
6 Walter Benjamin and Dialectical Imagery
7 Public Panics about Gender and Schooling

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