From ‘Villains’ to ‘Victims’: Tracing Changes in the Discursive Construction of Boys

By Melissa Spencer.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Argues that the under-achieving boy is the contemporary variation of the 'larrikin' and neither discursive construction of boys can be understood in isolation from the social, economic and political contexts within which they emerge.

International Journal of Learning, Volume 8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 240.418KB).

Melissa Spencer

I am a PhD student affiliated with the Centre of Cultural and Policy Studies in the School of Education at the University of Auckland. My work is situated within educational sociology and feminist poststructuralism. This paper derives from my PhD research which examines the production and institutionalisation of discourses of boys' educational under-achievement.

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