Open lecture: Education and Masculinities: 'Laddism' and Learning

  • Datum: –15.00
  • Plats: Blåsenhus 11:128
  • Föreläsare: Prof. Carolyn Jackson, Lancaster University
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  • Arrangör: Institutionen för pedagogik, didaktik och utbildningsstudier
  • Kontaktperson: Anna Danielsson
  • Föreläsning

Professor Carolyn Jackson, Lancaster University, gives an open lecture, entitled "Open lecture: Education and Masculinities: 'Laddism' and Learning"

Certain constructions of masculinity in educational contexts have, and continue to be, a cause for concern among politicians, journalists, teachers and educational researchers in numerous countries. In the UK, "laddish" masculinity has received particular attention over the last 10-15 years, where laddism is generally associated with "having a laugh", disruptive behaviour, objectifying women, liking and playing sport, drinking and ?hanging out? with mates (Francis 1999; Jackson 2006).

Concerns about laddism in the UK in the late 1990s and early 2000s related principally to secondary school pupils and, fuelled by the "moral panic" about boys' underachievement, they were associated particularly with "anti-learning" culture. For example, in 2003 David Miliband, the School Standards Minister, declared that: "We have to crack the lad culture that stops too many young boys doing well at school. ... The culture tells boys that it is fine to play around and not work hard. But this harms their chances of doing well, getting their exams and fulfilling their potential."

While laddism may be a UK label, many of the behaviours associated with laddism, particularly in compulsory schooling, are not specific to the UK and have been explored by researchers in numerous countries including Sweden (Holm & Öhrn, 2013 Nyström, 2013), Norway (Aasebø, 2011), Antigua (Cobbett, 2013) and Australia (Martino, 1999).

Over the last 2 to 3 years the focus of concern in the UK about laddism has shifted to university contexts, and has received fairly widespread media coverage, for example:

Student "lad culture" has become a national issue. The phenomenon, often associated with the website Unilad, has become a catch-all term for anything from boozy boisterousness to casual misogyny and even sexual abuse. But despite numerous media reports on laddism, universities still have little idea of how widespread its effects are. (Guardian.co.uk, 05/04/13)

Drawing on projects that researched laddism in secondary school and university contexts this paper will explore continuities and shifts between constructions of laddish masculinities, how we might understand these constructions, the group processes involved in laddism and the impacts on "the lads" and others.