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Boys’ Visual Representations and Interpretations of Physical Education
University of Auckland, New Zealand.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2922-1993
2013 (English)In: 40th Anniversary of Studies in Symbolic Interaction / [ed] Norman K Denzin, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2013, 203-225 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter discusses the methodological underpinnings of a doctoral study that examined boys’ performances of gender in physical education (PE) at a single-sex secondary school in Auckland, New Zealand. Initial findings are also presented; however, they only serve to demonstrate the potential of such an approach and not as an exhaustive report of findings. Using a participatory visual research approach involving video recordings of boys participating in PE, the boys’ representations and interpretations of the visual data were explored during both focus groups and individual interviews. The boys’ visual representations and interpretations highlight how their performances of gender are embedded in the design and structure of the physical spaces and places associated with PE. Through a Foucauldian (poststructural) lens the boys’ responses also illuminate how the gendered self is performed in multiple, contradictory and fluid ways involving particular technologies of the self. Visual research methods that focus on young people’s visual representations and interpretations might help identify (gendered) identity issues that are seen as important to the students themselves. It creates a space for young people to critically think about, reflect, articulate, and reason their lived experiences, their relationships with their peers and more importantly themselves. The use of such research approaches has the potential of realizing one of the key aims of symbolic interactionism by opening up new analytical possibilities for understanding young people’s lived experiences in both formal and informal pedagogical contexts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2013. 203-225 p.
Series
Studies in Symbolic Interaction, ISSN 0163-2396 ; 40
Keyword [en]
Participatory visual research, boys, gender, Foucault, physical education
National Category
Sociology
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Social Sciences, Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-45614DOI: 10.1108/S0163-2396(2013)0000040012ISBN: 978-1-78190-782-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-45614DiVA: diva2:844309
Available from: 2015-08-05 Created: 2015-08-05 Last updated: 2016-02-16Bibliographically approved

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