12th out of 24 books — 8 voters
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From the lens of an educator, I found this book to be useful in understanding my students and some of their behaviors. From the lens of an empowerment self-defense instructor, this book offered some insights into peer socialization of gender norms for both masculinity and femininity and how each is enforced through language in middle school situations. The author suggests that teaching girls to be assertive and to assert their rights may be insufficient and may lead to further ridicule. Instead, ...more
I wanted to like this book. It explores my major research areas. They did years of fieldwork. And yet, in the words of my many professors, the authors failed to answer the "So what?" question. The findings are unsurprising. The analysis is obvious. I'm honestly surprised Rutgers published this.
Nov 01, 2008 Tiny Pants rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sociologists and others interested in education, development, and gender
I give the people who worked on this project much credit for spending three years -- years, people! -- listening to and observing Indiana middle schoolers' cafeteria talk. While so much of their talk sounds utterly mundane (or profane, depending how you look at it), these authors' continued observation allowed them to find the patterns in how styles of everyday talk like insults, group storytelling, and gossip contribute to adolescents' gender identity projects. Particularly interesting as well ...more