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“Doing Gifted,” “Doing Girl": What Ritual Performances in School Reveal About Identity Negotiation
Fish, Leigh Ann

2015, Doctor of Philosophy, Miami University, Educational Leadership.
This dissertation calls attention to the complex issue of how girls construct identity in schools given interactions that challenge them to negotiate their femininities and intellect in different ways. At the root of this problem are the conflicting messages about gender norms and anti-intellectualism that schools create, reproduce, and reinscribe, placing girls who are labeled as “gifted” in a double-bind in terms of performing social and student identity at school. Using a lens of critical theory, this study critiques the small, everyday school-based rituals based on interactions between teachers and students that influence fourth- and fifth-grade girls as they attempt to “do girl” and “do gifted” in their regular classrooms, in the gifted program in which they participate, and in the informal spaces of the school building. Through ritual critique, the role of power within those observed interactions and performances is uncovered and a space is revealed for reflecting upon the diversity of the girls’ lived realities. It is the hope of the author that this dissertation opens up and adds to the dialogue about the contexts in which young girls are growing up and that the questions raised in this study can help reposition schools as sites of empowerment rather than struggle.
Richard Quantz (Advisor)
Thomas Poetter (Committee Member)
Lisa Weems (Committee Member)
Susan Mosley-Howard (Committee Member)
133 p.

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Fish, Leigh Ann. "“Doing Gifted,” “Doing Girl": What Ritual Performances in School Reveal About Identity Negotiation." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Miami University, 2015. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 17 Oct 2017.

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Fish, Leigh Ann "“Doing Gifted,” “Doing Girl": What Ritual Performances in School Reveal About Identity Negotiation." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Miami University, 2015. https://etd.ohiolink.edu/

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