Bridging the Gap: 'Doing Gender', 'Hegemonic Masculinity', and the Educational Troubles of Boys

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This article reviews popular and social scientific perspectives on the academic gender gap in education, specifically the finding that boys underperform compared to girls. The article highlights the utility of sociology in analyzing the gender gap and in guiding how educators respond to students' gender. It suggests that contemporary gender theories 'doing gender' and 'hegemonic masculinity' offer the best lenses through which to view academic gender differences. These perspectives can frame boys' academic troubles as an important social problem, but one that is rooted in the social construction of masculinity rather than institutional discrimination against boys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-103
Number of pages12
JournalSociology Compass
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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