In Schooling Sexualities, Debbie Epstein and Richard Johnson bring together contemporary debates about sexuality with the study of schooling. They pose controversial questions. How far is schooling influenced by wider public debates and scandals about sexuality? How can we understand the role and limits of moral traditionalism? What has the impact of feminism and the lesbian and gay movement been? How have these radical influences been recuperated? What part does schooling play in the production of sexual and other identities? Why is sex education in schools so 'impossible'? What are the strategies for improving it? They have written the first sustained study of these questions - accessible, engaging and argumentative. This will be a key text for teachers and policy makers, for those concerned with sexual and educational politics and for students of sexuality, gender, cultural studies and the history and sociology of education.
Debbie Epstein's work brings together practice-related studies in education and key social issues, covering a range of inequalities and identity issues. She is Senior Lecturer in Women's Studies and Education at the University of London Institute of Education. Richard Johnson is internationally known for his contribution to the study of educational policy and to cultural theory more widely. He is Professor at Nottingham Trent University and directed the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University 1980-88. They have previously written together on sexuality in Debbie Epstein's edited collection Challenging Lesbian and Gay Inequalities in Education and, with Deborah Lynn Steinberg, co-edited Border Patrols: Policing the Boundaries of Heterosexuality.
Introduction schooling sexualities/sexuality and schooling Part 1: Sexualities in the public domain Sexualities, nationalities and schooling 'Giving out a message from this house' political discourses of sexuality Scandals for schools, schools as scandals the press and sexual regulation Part 2: Sexualities in schools Producing one's self sexuality and identity dynamics in the school Teaching sexualities Learning sexualities An impossible practice? sex/uality education in schools Conclusion sexuality and education otherwise References Index.