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Identities and Masculinities in Early Childhood Education

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Publication date1/06/2018
Host publicationMen in Early Childhood Education and Care
EditorsJo Warin
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319895390
ISBN (Print)9783319895383
Original languageEnglish

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Gender and Education
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2524-6445


In this chapter I focus on the masculinities of staff in early childhood education based on feminist poststructuralist theories of identities in general and masculinities in particular. I illustrate the discussion initially from a sequence of interviews I undertook with a male preschool teacher in the north of England carried out as an evaluation of his father-engagement work. I then move on to discuss the construction of masculinities at the Acorns preschool, a particularly noteworthy context given its mixed-gender staff team. © 2018, The Author(s).