Doing gender and professionalism : Exploring the intersectionalities of gender and professionalization in early childhood education

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

Men in early childhood education (ECE) are subjected to different discourses: while they are facing serious mistrust on the one hand, their otherness to the field is also interpreted as new and potentially innovative on the other hand. This article explores how male childcare workers create and take up different subject positions by drawing on these competing discourses in order to acquire a legitimate position as men in the female-dominated context of Swiss day-care centers. In constructing themselves as professionals they create a subject position that seems to move beyond the gender binary. Analysing the position of the professional in depth, the article first shows how this position is accomplished and then explores how gender unfolds between the lines by infusing professionalism with masculinity.

Authors Tennhoff, Wiebke; Nentwich, Julia C. & Vogt, Franziska
Research Team Alexandria Link Publikationen
Projects Nentwich, Julia C.; Vogt, Franziska; Poppen, Wiebke & Schälin, Stefanie (2010) Puppenstuben, Bauecken und Waldtage: (Un)doing gender in Kinderkrippen [fundamental research project] Official URL
Tennhoff, Wiebke; Nentwich, Julia C. & Vogt, Franziska (2014) Gender in der Kita: Veränderungen zur Inklusion von Männern gemeinsam gestalten [applied research project] Official URL
Journal or Publication Title European Early Childhood Education Research Journal
Language English
Keywords discourse analysis, professionalism, subject, positions, gender, masculinity
Subjects other research area
HSG Classification not classified
HSG Profile Area SHSS - Kulturen, Institutionen, Maerkte (KIM)
Refereed Yes
Date 15 June 2015
Publisher Routledge, Taylor & Francis
Place of Publication Abingdon
Volume 23
Number 3
Page Range 340-350
Number of Pages 11
ISSN 1350-293X
ISSN-Digital 1752-1807
Publisher DOI 10.1080/1350293X.2015.1043808
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Julia Nentwich
Date Deposited 31 Aug 2015 16:35
Last Modified 22 Jan 2020 13:20
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/243615

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Tennhoff, Wiebke; Nentwich, Julia C. & Vogt, Franziska (2015) Doing gender and professionalism : Exploring the intersectionalities of gender and professionalization in early childhood education. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 23 (3). 340-350. ISSN 1350-293X

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