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Revisiting gender identities and education: notes for a social psychology of resistant identities in modern culture

By Caroline Howarth


In this paper I offer a review and a reflection on Gender Identities and Education: The Impact of Starting School (Lloyd and Duveen, 1992) as a means of examining the detail and insights of Gerard Duveen’s contribution to the study of identity. What this study highlights is the contextual, imposed, inter-subjective and collaborative nature of identity, the relationship between re-presentation, culture and identity, and the dynamic, resistant and transformative character of identity production. I give detailed empirical examples of the genesis of representations of gender and gendered identities through a discussion of the interconnections between microgenesis, ontogenesis and sociogenesis. This leads onto a consideration of representations ‘that other’ more generally and the importance of including the social and material within the methodology of identity projects. As such, I argue, we can see the work of Duveen and his colleagues as valuable for a theory and a method of research of resistant identities in modern cultures, and thereby develop a social psychology properly equipped to research current social relations, and properly engaged with contemporary experiences of identity

Topics: H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Institute of Social Psychology, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK & Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:35994
Provided by: LSE Research Online

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