"Let's talk about love": pupils' constructions of heterosexual love relations in About a Boy
2009 (English)In: GEA Conference – Paper & Symposium Abstracts, 2009, 170-171 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
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. An arena for unveiling gendered power patterns is heterosexual love relations. School may fear that feature films transmit gender stereotypes and unrealistic romantic images of heterosexual love. However, researchers such as Radway (1984) and Walkerdine (1990, 2007) stress the importance of not only studying the text itself (be it a book, a film or a video game), but also the use and the reception of it, in the analysis of fiction as a meaning-making artefact. The present paper examines pupils- constructions of heterosexual love analysing the use of film as an educational tool, from a discursive approach. The data consist of pupil-produced film manuscript and essays and video-recordings of pupils- group conversations, after watching one of the film About a Boy during school hours in Year 9 and 10. The pupils discussed the protagonists whereabouts- putting leading a calm fulfilling life alone (-an island-) against a meaningful life together with a partner and children - necessarily your own biological ones - (-a family- or an -archipelago-). The present paper contributes new empirical knowledge about how young people are -doing gender- (West and Zimmerman 1987) in a natural setting - an educational context - that celebrates equality values.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. 170-171 p.
Gender Studies Studies on Film Pedagogical Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-43783Local ID: 74779OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-43783DiVA: diva2:264643
Gender and Education Association 7th International Conference,2009