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studentcultures masculinityandsexuality

Thelinksbetweenthemalestudents'differingrelationstoschoolingand theirdevelopingmasculineidentitieswerehighlightedintheircontrasting narratives.Ihavesummarizedtheseinthefollowingterms:thatoftheMacho Lads''survivalagainstauthoritarianism',theAcademicAchievers''laddersof socialmobility',theNewEnterprisers''makingsomethingofyourlife'and theRealEnglishmen's'lookingforrealexperiences'.Theselinkswerefurther displayedbythestudents'differentialparticipationinandcelebrationof formalandinformalschoolrituals,throughwhichmasculinesubjectivities areconstructedandlivedout,suchasattendanceatprize-givingandinvolvementintheplaygroundsmokinggang(Griffin1993).