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Queer contingencies: bifurcation and the sexuality of schooling

Marshall, Daniel 2014, Queer contingencies: bifurcation and the sexuality of schooling, Journal of bisexuality, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 126-145, doi: 10.1080/15299716.2014.872484.

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Title Queer contingencies: bifurcation and the sexuality of schooling
Author(s) Marshall, Daniel
Journal name Journal of bisexuality
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 126
End page 145
Total pages 20
Publisher Routledge Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2014-01
ISSN 1529-9724
Keyword(s) safety
antihomophobia
queer theory
schooling
policy
Summary This article critiques the contemporary focus on same-sex attracted youth, “antihomophobia,” and “safe schools,” as well as the ways these foci structure the logics of the prevailing policy approach. The author examines how contemporary antihomophobic reform in education is sustained by a series of false dilemmas: that the political demands and  investments of straights and nonstraights can be easily distinguished one from another; that the expression of homophobia is anathema to queer educative work; and that everything that is at stake in the messy confluence of sexuality, gender, and schooling can be made sense of by figuring the problem as a matter of being safe. Gesturing toward a queer social policy for schooling, this article critiques the “zero-tolerance” approach of antihomophobia education, arguing that it falsely bifurcates the social world of the school into homophobic/antihomophobic iterations, unsafe/safe versions, and straight/homosexual interest.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/15299716.2014.872484
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30065305

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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