Masculinities in physical recreation: The (re)production of masculinist discourses in vocational education

Brown, Seth and Macdonald, Doune (2008) Masculinities in physical recreation: The (re)production of masculinist discourses in vocational education. Sport, Education and Society, 13 1: 19-37. doi:10.1080/13573320701780506

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Author Brown, Seth
Macdonald, Doune
Title Masculinities in physical recreation: The (re)production of masculinist discourses in vocational education
Journal name Sport, Education and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-3322
Publication date 2008-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13573320701780506
Volume 13
Issue 1
Start page 19
End page 37
Total pages 19
Editor J. Evans
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
930201 Pedagogy
130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
Abstract Educators have criticised vocational education in Australia and elsewhere for being gendered and classed, thereby not giving those students who choose to undertake this form of study the broadening of opportunities envisioned (e.g., Falk, 1999; Huws, 2000; Host & Michelson, 2001). Recently, the Queensland Studies Authority (formally the Queensland Board of Senior Secondary School Studies) implemented the subject Physical Recreation, a new stream of vocational education. The aim of this study was to examine how power operates in two Physical Recreation case study schools using Foucault’s techniques of power. Qualitative data were collected using field notes from observations, interviews using partially constructed questions and supplementary materials. The data collected were clustered into key themes addressing masculinities (re)produced by the Physical Recreation teachers and students. The discourses within these themes that position both teachers and students in particular power relationships were deconstructed using Foucault’s techniques of power. The paper concludes that Physical Recreation perpetuated a male hierarchy that favoured elite athletes and offered limited educative experiences to the majority of students.
Keyword Discourses
Elite athletes
Male hierarchy
Physical education
Physical recreation
Study area specifications
Techniques of power
Vocational education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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