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dc.contributor.authorO'Brien, Rachel Ann
dc.date.accessioned2020-02-14T03:01:22Z
dc.date.available2020-02-14T03:01:22Z
dc.date.submitted2019-06-30
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2123/21843
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the multiple and complex ways that masculinities are constructed within an elite boys’ school in Sydney, Australia. Elite boys’ schools in Australia were founded on the model of British Public Schooling, where a focus on educating the ‘whole man’ included sport and physical education as a key pillar. Health and physical education subjects and sport remain an active site in the construction and reconstruction of masculinities in many of these schools. Based on a 6-month critical ethnography in one school, this thesis explores how two groups of 15 and 16 year olds and their teachers engage with and respond to curriculum aimed at ‘softening’ or ‘reshaping’ elite schools’ masculine traditions. The thesis contributes to men and masculinities studies and the field of health and physical education, in particular knowledge about masculinities and sexualities education. It does this through a rich, in-depth account of adolescent boys’ experiences of ‘becoming men’ in an elite school context. In addition, the thesis explores the relatively recent inclusion of discussions of masculinity, sexuality, and gender equality in HPE curriculum in elite boys’ schools and provides a platform for capturing how teachers engage with the possibilities of enacting a critical pedagogy of masculinities and sexualities education. The thesis demonstrates how a critical ethnographic methodology can engage young people and teachers in opportunities to make visible routine practices of masculinity, such as the continued privileging of particular ideal masculinities: the businessman, the gentleman and the sportsman. Overall, the thesis finds that this elite school, despite its efforts to disrupt masculine traditions, engaged in a project of ‘gentrifying masculinities’ through a ‘curriculum of manhood’ reminiscent of the historical ‘whole man’ of elite boys’ education.en_AU
dc.publisherUniversity of Sydneyen_AU
dc.publisherThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciencesen_AU
dc.publisherSydney School of Education and Social Worken_AU
dc.rightsThe author retains copyright of this thesis. It may only be used for the purposes of research and study. It must not be used for any other purposes and may not be transmitted or shared with others without prior permission.en_AU
dc.subjectMasculinitiesen_AU
dc.subjectelite schoolingen_AU
dc.subjecthealth and physical educationen_AU
dc.subjectsexualitiesen_AU
dc.subjectboysen_AU
dc.subjectmanhooden_AU
dc.titleMaking Modern Gentlemen: A Critical Ethnography of Health and Physical Education in an Elite Boys’ Schoolen_AU
dc.typePhD Doctorateen_AU
dc.type.pubtypeDoctor of Philosophy Ph.D.en_AU
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