Volume 17 - Part 3 - (March 2004)
The trouble with 'doing boy'
John Archer argues that social constructionist research favours politically biased interpretations of discursive material, at the expense of a large body of empirical evidence.
The difference between boys and girls or men and women fascinates the public and the academic community alike, and there is a vast amount of theoretically driven and empirically based research on gender (e.g. Archer & Lloyd, 2002). In contrast, an alternative approach popular in British psychology is feminist-based social constructionism. I will provide a critical analysis of this approach, using as an example an article published in The Psychologist at the beginning of 2003, ‘The trouble with boys’ (Frosh et al., 2003).