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The Discipline of love: negotiation and regulation in boys' performance of a romance-based heterosexual masculinity

Redman, Peter (2001). The Discipline of love: negotiation and regulation in boys' performance of a romance-based heterosexual masculinity. Men and Masculinities, 4(2) pp. 186–200.

URL: http://jmm.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/4/2/18...
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1097184X01004002006
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Abstract

This article draws on a small-scale qualitative study to explore the relationship between some of the more implicit disciplinary dimensions of schooling and a group of boys' investments in heterosexual romance. It argues that romance provided the boys with a cultural repertoire—that is, a narrative resource or set of discursive practices—through which they negotiated and made imaginative sense of the "little cultural world" of their college. In particular, the article suggests that romance served to police and discipline relations of class, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality in the pupils' culture while providing for the boys a mode of subjective orientation to key disciplinary practices of schooling. As such, romance may be seen as a resource through which the boys "worked themselves into" the dispositions of a middle-class or professional habitus.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1097-184X
Keywords: romance; heterosexual masculinities; disciplinary practices; dialogics; cultural negotiation
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Sociology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 4465
Depositing User: Users 13 not found.
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 19:51
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/4465
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