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Abstract

Karen Gallas' third book, Sometimes I Can Be Anything: Power, Gender and Identity in a Primary Classroom, is a fascinating account of how children use power and gender to find their place in the classroom community. Gallas examines children's social interactions, their "real" work in the classroom, focussing on gender in the context of the issues of power and social control. Gallas hopes "to provide the reader with an in-depth look at how the children [she] taught worked to understand the social terrain of the classroom and how [she] as their teacher made sense of their work" (p.3). Gallas' observations and findings will be of interest to teachers, school counselors, social workers and others who work with young children and wonder about what goes on between children, below the surface, in a classroom community.

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