Urban College Students Negotiate Their Identities to Dis/Connect with Notions of Physics

Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 19)


Using ethnographic methods gathered from an insider (the physics teacher) this chapter distills stories of students in physics labs that highlight the intersections of masculinity, femininity and racialized subjectivities. Data suggests that White, middle class, masculine subjectivities align closely with conventional physics identities. This alignment affords male students the confidence to define ‘what counts’ as physics in laboratory spaces.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Teachers College, Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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