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The mad genie in the attic: performances of identity in Year 6 boys' creative writing

Dobson, Tom ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5354-9150 (2014) The mad genie in the attic: performances of identity in Year 6 boys' creative writing. Gender and Education, 27 (1). pp. 37-52.

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Identity studies relating to writing in educational setting have tended to focus on the analysis of non-fiction texts. Aligning a Bakhtinian view of language with the concept of identity as participation in ‘figured worlds' [Holland et al. 1998, Identity and Agency in Cultural Worlds. London: Harvard University Press], this research paper puts forward a way of thinking about Year 6 boys' creative writing as identity performance. Undertaking participant observation in a co-educational inner city primary school, the researcher writes the opening of a play script which is completed by two groups of boys. Subsequent analysis of the boys' play scripts indicates the ways in which creative writing can be used to disrupt hegemonic masculinity and potentially refigure localised worlds.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: "This is an accepted version of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Gender & Education on 14/11/2014 available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09540253.2014.978744”
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09540253.2014.978744
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/7229

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