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ERIC Number: EJ1008590
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1463-9491
Normative "Sexual" Knowledge and Critique as a Mode of Resistance--A Response to Damien Riggs
Burns, Kellie
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, v14 n1 p88-93 2013
In this response to Damien Riggs' analysis of sex education websites, the author draws on Foucault's understanding of knowledge, power and governmentality to understand how some forms of knowledge about sex and sexuality become normalised "official knowledge" that frame institutional policies and practices and shape everyday discourses. Foucault provides a framework for analysing sexuality as a modality of government that produces and manages what types of knowledge are, or are not, "knowable" about sex, gender and sexuality. The author then considers the implications for those who are marginalised or silenced in "official" knowledge cultures of this kind. Theory, she argues, provides tools for disrupting normative knowledge about childhood sexuality, which frames educational practices and everyday discourses. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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