Beyond stereotypes? Talking about gender in school booktalk
2008 (English)In: Ethnography and Education, ISSN 1745-7823, E-ISSN 1745-7831, Vol. 3, no 2, 129-144 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The Swedish educational system states that work in schools should depict and mediate equality. One way of achieving this is through fiction, which according to the syllabus provides students with knowledge about the living conditions of women and men during different epochs and places. The present paper examines gender in a Swedish school, analysing ‘book club’ discussions, using a discursive approach. The data consist of video-recorded teacher-led booktalk sessions, involving small groups of pupils in grades 4_7. It was found that the teachers and/or the pupils invoked gender issues in all book club sessions. The fictive events were, at times, discussed in gender-stereotyped ways. Yet, the teachers and pupils also transcended gender stereotypes in several cases. In many of those cases, there was a generational pattern, in that the participants tended to apply less stereotyped thinking when talking about fictive characters of their own age.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor and Francis , 2008. Vol. 3, no 2, 129-144 p.
booktalk, children’s literature, discursive psychology, gender, reader response
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified General Literature Studies Gender Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12297DOI: 10.1080/17457820802062367OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-12297DiVA: diva2:18524
Original publication: Katarina Eriksson Barajas, Beyond stereotypes? Talking about gender in school booktalk, 2008, Ethnography and Education, (3), 2, 129-144. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17457820802062367. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business2008-06-192008-06-192014-02-03Bibliographically approved