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Preface to the 2012 Edition Acknowledgments 1. Making Masculinity: Adolescence, Identity, and High School Revenge of the Nerds What Do We Mean by Masculinity? Bringing in Sexuality Rethinking Masculinity, Sexuality, and Bodies Methodology Organization of the Book 2. Becoming Mr. Cougar: Institutionalizing Heterosexuality and Masculinity at River High River High's Gender and Sexuality Curriculum Pedagogy: The Unofficial Gender and Sexuality Curriculum School Rituals: Performing and Policing Gender and Sexuality Gender and Sexuality Regimes 3. Dude, You're a Fag: Adolescent Male Homophobia What Is a Fag? Gendered Meanings Becoming a Fag: Fag Fluidity Embodying the Fag: Ricky's Story Racializing the Fag Where the Fag Disappears: Drama Performances Reframing Homophobia 4. Compulsive Heterosexuality: Masculinity and Dominance A Stud with the Ladies Getting Girls Touching Sex Talk Girls Respond I'm Different from Other Guys Females Are the Puppets 5. Look at My Masculinity! Girls Who Act Like Boys Tomboy Pasts Rebeca and the Basketball Girls The Homecoming Queen: Jessie Chau The Gay/Straight Alliance Girls Embodying Masculinity 6. Conclusion: Thinking about Schooling, Gender, and Sexuality Masculinity at River High Theoretical Implications Practical Steps Appendix: What If a Guy Hits on You? Intersections of Gender, Sexuality, and Age in Fieldwork with Adolescents Notes References Index

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C.J. Pascoe is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Colorado College.


"This insightful peek into the realities of high school should be read by researchers, administrators, teachers, and parents. . . . Pascoe's analysis is sophisticated, mapping the intricacies involved in the relationships between sexuality, gender, race, and class. Yet, her work is clean-cut and difficult to argue against." * Men & Masculinities *
"An incisive assessment." * Seattle Gay News *
"Introspective, fascinating, consistently interesting." * Bay Area Reporter *
"Current, typically salient, personally informative, [and] lively in style. . . . The exemplary fieldwork vignettes and case studies are abundant, rich, vivid, and experientially resonant. At the same time, [Pascoe] has thoroughly theorized her narrative, providing a fine conceptual vocabulary, a probing critical framework, and a set of intelligent practical recommendations." * General Anthropology Bulletin *
"Academic, but accessible." * Bottom Line *
"Pascoe is able to witness the quotidian rituals of heterosexual masculinity, its precariousness, its fragility and ultimately, its dangerous lashing out at all that can undermine it." * Social Forces *
"Pascoe gives a fly-on-the-wall experience of sexuality in high school." * Journal of Gender Studies *
"Pascoe's work challenges research on gender, and specifically masculinity, to address sexuality, race, and other significant factors as aspects of the social construction of masculinities." * Gender & Society *
"Not only is the information interesting and relevant to our society, but Pascoe's book is a great representation of ethnographic protocol." * Lambda Alpha Journal *
"Usefully calls for a more sophisticated approach to issues surrounding teenage sexuality, masculinity and power than is generally enabled by uncritical applications of a generic notion of homophobia." * Culture, Health, & Sexuality *
"The book nicely illustrates how masculinity comprises thoughts and ideas that are collectively defined and asserted, and how salient such issues are for high school students." * 126 Spaces for Difference: An Interdisciplinary Journal *

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