Teenage Boys and Schooling

Mark McCormack

in The Declining Significance of Homophobia

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199778249
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933051 | DOI:

Series: Sexuality, Identity, and Society

Teenage Boys and Schooling

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This chapter examines what existing research tells us about the school lives of teenage boys. It demonstrates that, in schools, boys have traditionally adopted homophobic, misogynistic and aggressive behaviors in order to conform to a restrictive code of masculinity; focusing on the social and psychological damage this causes to heterosexual boys, while also highlighting the exclusion of gay students from school life. Here, young gay men have traditionally remained closeted in order to approximate an acceptable version of masculinity. And those who have come out have had troubled school lives. The chapter concludes by noting the relative scarcity of research on sexual diversity within school settings.

Keywords: schooling; boys; homophobia; language; exclusion; LGBT; diversity

Chapter.  4416 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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