An Appreciation of the Ethnographic in Connell's The Men and the Boys

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Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower Foundations of Education, Virginia Tech, USA

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In this short personal appreciation of The Men and the Boys, the author admires the ethnographic and writing skills Raewyn Connell displays—the craft and artistry that animates her insightful theories. From her prose's clarity to the deftness of her interviewing, Connell models how to empirically ground foundational social theory.

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Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower is Professor of Foundations of Education at Virginia Tech. His research focuses on boys and masculinity, qualitative research methods, food politics, the sociology of education policy, and comics and graphic novels. He the author of How to Write Qualitative Research, The Politics of Policy in Boys’ Education: Getting Boys “Right,” and numerous other articles and collections. A former Fulbrighter to Australia, Weaver-Hightower's work has been awarded the Anselm Strauss Award for Qualitative Family Research from the National Council on Family Relations as well as a Critics Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association. Email:

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  • Connell, Raeywn. 1995. Masculinities. Berkeley: University of California Press.

  • Connell, Raewyn. 2000. The Men and the Boys. Berkeley: University of California Press.

  • Connell, Raewyn. 2013. “Equal Rights, to a Certain Extent: Memoirs of a Researcher into Mysteries of Gender and Education.” In Leaders in Gender and Education: Intellectual Self-Portraits, ed. Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower and Christine Skelton, 3342. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill | Sense.

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