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The Childhood Research Group

Starts: 18 January 2012

Wednesday 18th January, 5.30-7.30, Cardiff Arts Institute upstairs in the common room.
(Cardiff Arts Institute, 29 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BA, for a map).

Childhood Research Group Seminar

Speaker: Mike Ward (SOCSI)

Mike Ward has agreed to speak for about 30 minutes on his research followed by questions and answers and a discussion.  The following is a summary of Mike's research:

My doctoral research investigated the performance of young men's masculinities within a former industrial community in the South Wales valleys. The principal aim of the study was to investigate the dynamics of white, working class masculinities in different educational pathways in a locality of social and economic disadvantage. Over a period of two and a half years an ethnography was conducted to explore how these young lives were formed, articulated and negotiated in different academic and vocational subjects and as the study progressed, across different contexts beyond their educational institutions. The study shows that despite structural inequalities, the young men's performances of masculinity were played out in different settings with different people (peers, girlfriends, family, teachers, researcher!) and a degree of code shifting or what I want to term 'chameleonisation’ occurs. To understand the performance of young men's masculinities, masculinity has to be seen then as situated within a particular space and relational to social structure, but it also must account for their own agency in this.

As you can see the research relates to young men rather than young children, however it is very relevant for many members of the childhood doctoral group and beyond.  Issues of youth, identity, gender, ethnicity, class, performativity, agency, social structure and education are all factors.

As such I am opening the invitation to colleagues beyond the Childhood Doctoral Group who are interested in hearing about Mike's work


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