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Gender performativity in physics.: Affordances or only constraints?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
2014 (English)In: Cultural Studies of Science Education, ISSN 1871-1502, Vol. 9, no 2, 523-529 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this forum we engage in a dialogue with Allison Gonsalves’s paper ‘“Physics and the girly girl—there is a contradiction somewhere”: Doctoral students’ positioning around discourses of gender and competence in physics’. In her paper Gonsalves uses a sociocultural approach to examine women doctoral students’ stories about becoming physicists. In doing so her paper focuses on how discourses of masculinity and femininity can create available and unavailable positions for the women students. In this dialogue we do a parallel reading of two of the student narratives presented by Gonsalves, using Judith Butler’s (1990) concept of discursive agency as a means to more explicitly bring the affordances for women identity constitution offered by their localized physicist context to the fore, rather focusing on its, often more visible, constraints.

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2014. Vol. 9, no 2, 523-529 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-181320DOI: 10.1007/s11422-012-9420-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-181320DiVA: diva2:555769
Available from: 2012-09-21 Created: 2012-09-21 Last updated: 2014-07-18Bibliographically approved

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