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ERIC Number: EJ765147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 82
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
An Epitaph to Section 28? Telling Tales out of School about Changes and Challenges to Discourses of Sexuality
Nixon, David; Givens, Nick
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v20 n4 p449-471 Jul 2007
This article seeks to develop an understanding of the professional and personal lives of LGBT teachers in relation to the discriminatory statute Section 28, which prohibited "promotion" of "the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship" by local education authorities in the UK (except Northern Ireland). Interviews with a small sample of serving teachers are analysed using a feminist poststructuralist methodology to discover whether the removal of this legislation marks a shift in theorization, policy or practice. Findings are arranged to focus on the workings of official policy, on informal or unofficial classroom and staffroom practices, and on relations with a local community. Analysis and discussion reveal a complex matrix of constituents (space, relationships and other variables) only some of which respond to the (perhaps) superficial stimulus of legislative change. Such change goes only a small way to challenge a deeply embedded discourse of inequality, which may respond only to a more profound epistemological transformation. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom