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Desirable organisational masculinities: competition and entrepreneurialism in schools of construction in further education colleges

Desirable organisational masculinities: competition and entrepreneurialism in schools of construction in further education colleges

Page, Damien (2014) Desirable organisational masculinities: competition and entrepreneurialism in schools of construction in further education colleges. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 35 (6). pp. 895-913. ISSN 0142-5692 (Print), 1465-3346 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2013.800445)

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Abstract

This article presents findings from a study of heads of construction schools within 14 further education colleges. Moving from a culture of hyper-masculinity, of tough, dirty work, construction lecturers and managers have to renegotiate their identity and work practices to become congruent with the inclusiveness of further education, leaving behind the aggression and discrimination embedded within the discourses and behaviours of the building site. However, they do bring with them desirable organisational masculinities, competitiveness and entrepreneurialism, that are highly valued by the contemporary college. The article presents findings of competitive and entrepreneurial practices in schools of construction and discusses the key role heads of construction play in bringing together multiple masculinities for the benefit of their school and their learners.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: masculinities, further education, construction curriculum, competition, entrepreneurialism, middle managers
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Education & Community Studies
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2017 11:29
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10115

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