London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Not Quite Belonging - the experience of boys growing up

Author(s) Barbara Walker and John Schostak  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 1999  
Editor Alistair Ross, Young Citizens in Europe  
Language English  
Age group -  
Comments: Based on an on-going ESRC research project on the experiences of young males (aged c 14-15), this paper focuses on identity development and management across a multiplicity of contexts, particularly those situations experienced as ambiguous and leading to a split between private and group/public experiences. Here the individual feels that he does ?not quite belong?. Analysis focuses on the discourse resources available to young males that enable them to make sense, or not, of such experiences. The key focus is on the interface between the private sense of identity building and the public ?face? through which identity is expressed, managed and ?built? both for others and for themselves. Here they learn about themselves within public/group spaces as they also learn to manage the divide between private and public. Where the individual feels a mismatch between the private and the public ? how or to what extent are these mismatches managed or resolved? What are the i! mplications for social learning and civic learning?

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