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ERIC Number: EJ840328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1541-0889
Sexualities and Schooling in England after Section 28: Measuring and Managing "At-Risk" Identities
Ellis, Viv
Journal of Gay & Lesbian Issues in Education, v4 n3 p13-30 2007
In England, Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 came to be seen as a powerful symbol of the oppression of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) young people and their teachers. This article offers a reflective critique of research I undertook just prior to the repeal of Section 28 by Tony Blair's Labour Government in 2003. My research tried to measure changes in young LGB people's experience of schooling since 1984. I situate this research partly in a tradition of "political arithmetic" and reflect on the relationships between this form of research-that to some extent has sought to quantify young people's victim status-and government policy and guidance published since Section 28's repeal in which sexualities have either become erased and unspoken or have become what I refer to (after Fuss) as strategically essentialised. Looking to the future and the kind of policy and curriculum development that the young people in my research sample might argue for, I suggest that attention to homophobia must be combined with a pedagogic focus on heteronormativity. This poses a challenge in a difficult policy space where market-oriented, neo-liberal educational reforms seek to define certain disruptive identities as "at risk." (Contains 1 table and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)