chapter  4
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Alan: Power Broker

Building on the gender discourses presented previously, this chapter shows how power is a dimension of gender and how one boy uses power to construct his gender identity and the identities of others in the classroom. Like the work that Davies (2003) has done with young children, showing how hegemonic masculinity is a dominant and powerful form that some boys work hard to achieve, this chapter introduces Alan, the ways that he values masculine discourses, and how he uses them to regulate gender in the classroom. The ways that gender influences teaching and researching relationships will also be explored, revealing how all relationships are gendered. Finally, I discuss how a small group of girls and Isabel confront Alan’s beliefs about gender.