Disputing the Subject of Sex: Sexuality and Public School Controversies

Disputing the Subject of Sex: Sexuality and Public School Controversies

by Cris Mayo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742526585

ISBN-13: 9780742526587

Pub. Date: 05/15/2004

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc

Sexuality remains a hotly debated subject, nowhere more so than in education. This perceptive and balanced book shows that discussions of sexuality and schooling can be simultaneously polarizing and democratizing. Disputing the Subject of Sex examines controversies over sex, AIDS, and gay-inclusive multicultural education, which offer especially fruitful

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Sexuality remains a hotly debated subject, nowhere more so than in education. This perceptive and balanced book shows that discussions of sexuality and schooling can be simultaneously polarizing and democratizing. Disputing the Subject of Sex examines controversies over sex, AIDS, and gay-inclusive multicultural education, which offer especially fruitful opportunities to explore the claims of various identities, the social aims of public schools, and the relation between schools and the publics they serve. These controversies help to show the kind of confused tumble of discourses, seemingly nonsensical policy decisions, and student resistances that are born of arguments over sexuality and community membership. In part, disputes over sexuality are driven by conservative and anti-pluralist agendas that help communities draw strong lines around themselves in an effort to stave off what they perceive as threatening shifts in gender and sexual identity. However, these disputes are also democratizing, allowing a variety of constituents to argue their case in the public sphere. Rather than choosing between one of these two positions, this book uses case studies, interviews with queer youth, and analysis of curricular texts to help readers understand how power dynamics play out in educational controversies and how they can guide us to new ideas about students' abilities to learn and relate ethically to one another about the subject of sex.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742526587
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
05/15/2004
Series:
Curriculum, Cultures, and (Homo)Sexualities Series
Pages:
202
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Sexuality and Theory Chapter 3 Cautions on the Subject Chapter 4 Identity and the Monolithic Community Chapter 5 The Adolescent as Abstinent Heterosexual Chapter 6 Local Values and the Open Closet Chapter 7 The Abstinence Oath and Secondary Virginity Chapter 8 Conclusion: Ethical Curiosity, Spaces, and Associations: School-Based Gay and Straight Alliances

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