Boys on the Outer: Themes in Male Engagement with Music : Boyhood Studies Berghahn Journals
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Founding Editor: Diederik F. Janssen, The Netherlands


Volume 9 / 2016, 2 issues per volume (spring, autumn)

Subjects: Gender Studies, Childhood and Youth Studies, Education, Social Sciences, Cultural Studies


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Boys on the Outer: Themes in Male Engagement with Music

Scott Harrison

Keywords: music; gender role rigidity; exclusion; heterosexism

Abstract

This paper examines the cause of exclusionary practices in music, documenting the core values that underpin this issue in relation to males’ engagement with music. The focus for the paper is on the way in which gender has been one of the primary principles for the exclusion of boys, based on presumptions without foundation except in the erroneous hegemonic stereotypical images that prevail in social institutions such as schools. Through historical investigation of philosophy and practice combined with results from interviews with participants, the study reveals experiences in relation to genderbased exclusion from music. It concludes by offering an insight into approaches that deal with addressing this issue.

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