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Speaking the unspeakable in forbidden places: addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in the primary school

Allen, Alexandra and Atkinson, Elizabeth and Brace, Elizabeth and DePalma, Renee and Hemingway, Judy (2008) Speaking the unspeakable in forbidden places: addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in the primary school. Sex Education, 8 (3). pp. 315-328. ISSN 1468-1811

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Abstract

This paper interrogates the ways in which school is produced as a particular bounded place (or collection of places) where sexuality, and particularly non-heterosexuality, is carefully policed by these boundaries. Drawing upon data generated in primary schools during a nationwide action research project (No Outsiders), we focus on three very different school places: the classroom, the staff room and a school -based afterschool art club. Our analysis engages with the contingency of place-making to show that place is neither a unitary experience nor a neutral stage upon which social relations are enacted. The three vignettes analysed offer insights into the critical potential of consciously and persistently working across (apparently) boundaried spaces within and beyond schools.

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Additional Information: This co-authored paper reports on an ESRC-funded project, 'No Outsiders: researching approaches to sexualities equality in primary schools'. Drawing on action research in primary schools across England, the paper offers discussion of how sexualities education can be introduced in the primary phase rather than being restricted to the secondary age range. This cross-disciplinary paper also unsettles traditional thinking about sex and relationship education by registering the importance, rather than the neutrality, of place and space. Three vignettes are used to contextualize findings: an English classroom, an afterschool art club and the staffroom. Subsequently, this paper was republished as a chapter in DePalma, R. and Atkinson, E. (Eds) (2009. Interrogating heteronormativity in primary schools: The work of the No Outsiders Project. Stoke-on-Trent:Trentham. This is an electronic version of an article published in Allen, Alexandra and Atkinson, Elizabeth and Brace, Elizabeth and DePalma, Renee and Hemingway, Judy (2008) Speaking the unspeakable in forbidden places: addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in the primary school. Sex Education, 8 (3). pp. 315-328. journal]. Sex Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/14681810802218395
Controlled Keywords: Primary school , Sexuality (Sexual orientation)
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Geography, Enterprise, Mathematics and Science
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2010 10:55
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:01
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