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‘Sporting' and ‘masculinising' Spaces: The performative and pleasurable spaces of boys' physical education
University of Auckland, New Zealand.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2922-1993
2014 (English)In: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE),1-5 December, 2014, Brisbane, Australia, Australian Association for Research in Education , 2014Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper examines how space and pleasure are discursively interlinked in boys’ performances of gender in physical education (PE). Although previous research has implicated space in the production of gendered identities and unequal power relations, there exists a gap in current literature focusing on how space contributes to pleasure in PE. The paper draws on ethnographic data, generated through a participatory visual research approach (Pink, 2007), involving observations, video recordings, focus groups and individuals interviews, with 60 Year 10 (ages 14-15) boys participating in PE at a single-sex boys’ secondary school in Auckland, New Zealand. In order to interpret the data I use Gregson and Rose’s (2000) concept of ‘performative space’, an extension of Butler’s notion of performativity, to illustrate how the pre-existing spaces of PE come to matter or become meaningful through the boys’ performances with/in those spaces. Drawing on Foucauldian (1985) understandings of power, I argue that the boys derive pleasures as the productive effect of the power articulated in and through the spaces of PE. I demonstrate how the boys, through their performances of gender, as shaped by discourses and relations of power related to sport and masculinity, capitalise on the spaces of PE to highlight not only these as disciplinary but also productive and pleasurable spaces. This paper accordingly contributes to understandings of the complex nature of how PE is constituted and constitutive of gendered performances and space.

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Australian Association for Research in Education , 2014.
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Pedagogy
Research subject
Pedagogics and Educational Sciences, Pedagogics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-45610OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-45610DiVA: diva2:844306
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Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE),1-5 December, 2014, Brisbane, Australia
Available from: 2015-08-05 Created: 2015-08-05 Last updated: 2016-02-16Bibliographically approved

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