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Book Chapter
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Author, Analytic
Figueroa, Mark
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Economics
Title, Analytic
Male privileging and male 'academic underperformance' in Jamaica
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Reddock, Rhoda
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Title, Monographic
Interrogating Caribbean masculinites
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Kingston, Jamaica
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The UWI Press
Date of Publication
2004
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137-166
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Abstract
Academic underperformance can be seen as one aspect of maleness in Jamaica. Seeks to ascertain the extent to which this ‘underperformance’ can be linked to the historical privileging of the male gender. The decline of male, relative to female, academic performance in the Caribbean and elsewhere has captured the attention of both professionals and lay persons. This decline has at times been portrayed within a conceptual framework of male marginalization/ victimization. Provides an alternative perspective by demonstrating how ‘underperformance’ might be taken as an ironic consequence of historical male privileging. Jamaica is a good case for study as the phenomenon has been very evident there and a wide range of research relevant to the Jamaican case has been done. Seeks to broaden the space within which existing and future research results can be used to illuminate the dialectic of gender privileging and to provide an alternative framework for the development of policy in this controversial area.....
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