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ERIC Number: EJ1123479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Encountering Gender: Resisting a Neo-Liberal Political Rationality for Sexuality Education as an HIV Prevention Strategy
Gacoin, Andrée E.
Gender and Education, v29 n1 p66-83 2017
Globally, sexuality education is framed as a key programmatic strategy for achieving HIV prevention among youth. In particular, sexuality education is positioned as a way to address gender inequalities and promote youth empowerment in relation to gendered identities. In this paper, I argue that the focus on what content should be taught and "what" is the effectiveness of that content serves to mask how sexuality education itself is always a political project. Specifically, I problematise a neo-liberal "political rationality," following Wendy Brown, operating through sexuality education in this particular globalised moment. Drawing on data from an ethnographic study conducted in South Africa, I use the notion of encounters with gender to mobilise understanding of gender with(in) the inevitable risks of knowing and being known through educational research and practice. I argue that holding sexuality education responsible to the complexity of lived lives necessitates proposing alternative political rationalities to guide its encounters.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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