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ERIC Number: EJ695071
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 25
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
Pedagogies of Censorship, Injury, and Masochism: Teacher Responses to Homophobic Speech in Physical Education
Sykes, Heather
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v36 n1 p75-99 Jan-Feb 2004
I examine how physical education teachers respond to homophobic name-calling, as revealed in life history interviews with 'lesbian', 'gay', and 'heterosexual' teachers in Canada and the USA. Censoring homophobic name-calling in schools is discussed as an important, but insufficient, response. Several 'lesbian' and 'gay' teachers responded with pedagogies of injury; that is, they recalled their personal experiences of homophobic language to teach students not to use words such as 'fag', 'dyke', and 'queer'. I examine why some teachers were prepared to risk further personal injury in order to prevent injury to other students. In addition to rational and conscious explanations, I speculate that an unconscious masochistic imperative may also animate this approach to anti-homophobic education. Ultimately, I ask what is demanded from teachers if this type of anti-homophobic teaching is animated by what has been called an attachment to subjection.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada