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Gender Play: Girls and Boys in Schools


reviewed by Nancy Letts 1994

coverTitle: Gender Play: Girls and Boys in Schools
Author(s): Barrie Thorne
Publisher: Rutgers University Press, Piscataway
ISBN: 0813519233, Pages: 237, Year: 1993
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Barrie Thorne's Gender Play: Girls and Boys in School presents a provocative thesis. Thorne attempts to disprove the popular notion that boys and girls have different cultures and to provide us with an alternative view of gender. "As individuals," she says, "we always display or `do' gender, but this dichotomous difference may be more or less relevant, and relevant in different ways, from one social context to another" (p. 29). Thorne seeks to learn how gender separation and integration take place. Her ethnographic study of gender in social situations concentrates on the elementary school years, touching only breifly on students' transition to adolescence. Thoughout the book, Thorne never lets us forget her own voice. Through a description of her fieldwork, we learn of her feelings of aversion toward Beth, "a quiet fourth grader who continually asked me to sit by her at lunch" (p. 24). Ultimately Thorne begins to feel trapped by the clinging Beth, just as she had as a student during her own elementary... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 96 Number 2, 1994, p. 354-355
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 73, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 8:27:24 PM

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