This paper is a critical review of Becky Francis and Louis Archer’s study on British Chinese pupils and how they view themselves in relation to the trend of ‘Laddism’. The construction of ‘Laddism’ is inherently a British phenomenon, concerning male values and their projection of masculinity as their main ideal, education, although important is less valued than other pursuits such as sports. ‘Laddism’ in Britain is a widely accepted phenomenon and lampooned in the media in comedy shows such as ‘Men Behaving Badly’. The term Boffin however, is the exact opposite of ‘Laddism’, if ‘Laddism’ is viewed as boys behaving badly and having a ‘lark’ to embody a masculine ideal, ‘Boffins’ are studious and hardworking, an American equivalent of ‘geek’ or ‘nerd’. Francis and Archer tries to portray and understand how is it that Chinese pupils view themselves and also by their peers and how school educators view the concept of Chinese pupils’ performance in school and their behaviour. The construction of ‘Laddism’ is a sexist phenomenon and they are encouraged a ‘boyish gang mentality’ where they exist as the epitome of masculine entity, ‘Lads’ usually perform less better than their female counterparts and their behaviour is easily accepted through proverbs such as ‘boys will be boys’. ‘Laddish’ boys tend to ignore academic pursuits because of the female prevalence within that area, by distancing themselves from performing or even trying to perform better in school
This indicates that
although education is highly prized by Chinese parents 'Laddism' among the boys was
also an attempt to 'fit in' with the rest of their non-Chinese peers. However, the study
actually does not attempt to examine further the implications of non-Chinese 'lads' and
how they became to act in such a way. It is known that most of the British and Black
British boys came from a working class background, this is different from the Chinese
boys' family perception of 'working class'. When we perceive the term 'working class'
an identity is already evolved around such a concept, the British and Black British
communities are within the reach of the 'class' image that it was understandable that they
were not achieving as well in school compared to middle or upper class peers3.
Bourdieu's argument that middle or upper class backgrounds upheld academic syllabuses
because they were already taught such systems from childhood but this is contrary to the
British Chinese pupils especially those who are first generation immigrants who are less
likely to have received educational instruction that were beneficial to their background
but they were remarked by British born Chinese peers as being more hardworking and
studious as well as achieving better marks4. This is also contrary to the British and Black
British students who are already speaking English as their first language and many of the
Black British students as being British born, their background should have supported
their education better than the Chinese born students who actually do not have English
oriented syllabuses in China. The other factoring theory Francis and Archer (2005)
proposed was the strict educational
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