The Masculine Habitus as 'Distributed Cognition': A Case Study of 5- to 6-Year-Old Boys in an English Inner-City, Multi-Ethnic Primary School

Paul Connolly

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    Abstract

    This article provides a case study demonstrating the active role that 5- to 6-year-old boys in an English inner-city, multi-ethnic primary school play in the appropriation and reproduction of their masculine identities. It is argued that the emphasis on physicality, violence and racism found among the boys cannot be understood without reference to the immediate contexts of the local community and the school within which they are located. In making this argument the article draws upon and applies the concept of the habitus and develops this with the notion of 'distributed cognition' as proposed in sociocultural theory. Some of the implications of this analysis for working with boys in early years settings are discussed in the conclusion.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)140-152
    Number of pages13
    JournalChildren and Society
    Volume20
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)

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