‘Masculinities and femininities as communities of practice’

Paechter, Carrie F.. 2003. ‘Masculinities and femininities as communities of practice’. Women’s Studies International Forum, 26(1), pp. 69-77. ISSN 0277-5395 [Article]

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This exploratory paper argues that treating masculinities and femininities as localised communities of practice is a useful approach to the question of how and why particular forms of gender are performed at particular times and places. In the paper I consider Lave and Wenger's [Lave, Jean, & Wenger, Etienne (1991). Situated Learning: legitimate peripheral participation. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press; Wenger, Etienne (1998). Communities of Practice: learning, meaning and identity. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press] conceptualisation of learning as taking place through legitimate participation in communities of practice and demonstrate how this characterises the learning of particular forms of masculinity and femininity practice. I further discuss the implications of this for our understanding of identity and for the salience of bodies and bodily forms as reified markers of masculinity and femininity.

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28 Jul 2015 15:08

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