The Palgrave Handbook of Sexuality Education

  • Louisa Allen
  • Mary Lou Rasmussen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Louisa Allen, Mary Lou Rasmussen
    Pages 1-19
  3. Part I

  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-215
    2. Kerry H. Robinson, Cristyn Davies
      Pages 217-242
    3. Karin A. Martin, Lacey Bobier
      Pages 243-259
    4. Jennifer C. Nash
      Pages 261-278
    5. Annette Brömdal, Mary Lou Rasmussen, Fida Sanjakdar, Louisa Allen, Kathleen Quinlivan
      Pages 369-390
  5. Part III

  6. Part IV

  7. Kate Fisher, Jen Grove, Rebecca Langlands
    Pages E1-E1
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 691-720

About this book


This authoritative, state-of-the-art Handbook provides an authoritative overview of issues within sexuality education, coupled with ground-breaking discussion of emerging and unconventional insights in the field. With 32 contributions from 12 countries it definitively traces the landscape of issues, theories and practices in sexuality education globally.  These rich and multidisciplinary essays are written by renowned critical sexualities studies experts and rising stars in this area and grouped under four main areas:
  • Global Assemblages of Sexuality Education
  • Sexualities Education in Schools
  • Sexual Cultures, Entertainment Media and Communication Technologies
  • Re-animating What Else Sexuality Education Research Can Do, Be and Become
Importantly, this Handbook does not equate sexuality education with safer sex education nor understand this subject as confined to school based programmes. Instead, sexuality education is understood more broadly and to occur in spaces as diverse as community settings and entertainment media, and via communication technologies. It is an essential and comprehensive reference resource for academics, students and researchers of sexuality education that both demarcates the field and stimulates critical discussion of its edges.   

Louisa Allen is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She specialises in research in the areas of sexualities, young people and schooling and innovative research methodologies which seek to engage hard to reach research populations and examines these areas most recently through the lenses of queer and feminist new materialist theoretical frameworks. She has written four books, the latest co-edited with Mary Lou Rasmussen and Kathleen Quinlivan, entitled The Politics of Pleasure in Sexuality Education: Pleasure Bound

Mary Lou Rasmussen is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia. Her expertise is in gender, sexualities and education. She is also interested in young people’s beliefs about religions and non-religious world views, and in secularism and sexuality education and one of her recent books is Progressive Sexuality Education: The Conceits of Secularism.


Sex Education Young People Gender New Materialisms Sexual Cultures Entertainment Media Communication Technologies Sexual Assemblages Sexuality Educators

Editors and affiliations

  • Louisa Allen
    • 1
  • Mary Lou Rasmussen
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Education and Social WorkUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of Sociology Research School of Social SciencesAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-40032-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-40033-8
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