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Warrior Narratives in the Kindergarten Classroom Renegotiating the Social Contract?

Ellen Jordan and Angela Cowan
Gender and Society
Vol. 9, No. 6 (Dec., 1995), pp. 727-743
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/189538
Page Count: 17
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Abstract

The "social contract" becomes part of the lived experience of little boys when they discover that the school forbids the warrior narratives through which they initially define masculinity and imposes a different, public sphere: masculinity of rationality and responsibility. They learn that these narratives are not to be lived but only experienced symbolically through fantasy and sport in the private sphere of desire. Little girls, whose gender-defining fantasies are not repressed by the school, have less lived awareness of the social contract.

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