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Author Gilbert, Jen, 1971-

Title Sexuality in school : the limits of education
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (xxviii, 120 pages)
Contents Introduction: queer provocations -- Backward and forward: narrating the queer child -- There is no such thing as an adolescent: sex education as taking a risk -- Histories of misery: it gets better and the promise of pedagogy -- Thinking in sex education: between prohibition and desire -- Education as hospitality: toward a reluctant manifesto
Summary "From concerns over the bullying of LGBTQ youth and battles over sex education to the regulation of sexual activity and the affirmation of queer youth identity, sexuality saturates the school day. Rather than understand these conflicts as an interruption to the work of education, Jen Gilbert explores how sexuality comes to bear on and to enliven teaching and learning. Gilbert investigates the breakdowns, clashes, and controversies that flare up when sexuality enters spaces of schooling. Education must contain the volatility of sexuality, Gilbert argues, and yet, when education seeks to limit the reach of sexuality, it risks shutting learning down. Gilbert penetrates this paradox by turning to fiction, film, legal case studies, and personal experiences. What, she asks, can we learn about school from a study of sexuality? By examining the strange workings of sexuality in schools, Gilbert draws attention to the explosive but also compelling force of erotic life in teaching and learning. Ultimately, this book illustrates how the most intimate of our experiences can come to shape how we see and act in the world."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 111-117) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Gender identity -- Education.
Homosexuality and education.
Sex differences in education.
Sex instruction.
Sexual minorities -- Education.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1322222614 (ebk)
1452942218 (electronic bk.)
9781322222615 (ebk)
9781452942216 (electronic bk.)