Moving beyond the traditional focus on curriculum and pedagogy, this volume explores hidden dimensions of sexuality education in schools and how sexual meanings are produced. Challenging the standard understandings of sexuality education, Allen discusses how students’ knowledge of sexualities is often learnt outside the ‘official’ school curriculum in informal spaces such as the sports field, gym locker rooms and peer groups. By employing visual methods and analysing student photo-diaries, Allen’s original book captures a sexual culture of schooling that allow readers to literally ‘see through young people’s eyes.’ Introducing theoretical ideas in relation to queer theory and ‘new’ feminist new materialisms, this volume calls for a re-conceptualization of how sexuality comes into being at school, in order to take account of its material, spatial and embodied elements.
Table of Contents
1. The Sexual Landscape of Schooling 2. Researching the Sexual Cultures of School 3. Picturing Masculinities, Sexualities, and Schooling 4. Picturing Femininities, Sexualities, and Schooling 5. Tau(gh)t Bodies: Student Sexual Embodiment, and Schooling 6. Schooling Heteronormative Cultures 7. Schooling Sexual Spaces 8. A New Ontology of Sexualities at School 9. An Open-Ending: The Sexuality Education Assemblage
Louisa Allen is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.