Identities and Masculinities in Early Childhood Education

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)


In this chapter I focus on the masculinities of staff in early childhood education based on feminist poststructuralist theories of identities in general and masculinities in particular. I illustrate the discussion initially from a sequence of interviews I undertook with a male preschool teacher in the north of England carried out as an evaluation of his father-engagement work. I then move on to discuss the construction of masculinities at the Acorns preschool, a particularly noteworthy context given its mixed-gender staff team.


Identities Masculinities Connell Hybrid identities Identity dissonance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational ResearchLancaster UniversityLancasterUK

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