‘Getting It Right’? Producing Race and Gender in the Neoliberal School Based Sexuality Education Assemblage

  • Kathleen Quinlivan


This chapter explores the im/possibilities of engaging with knowledges about race and gender in school-based sexuality education within neo-liberalism. Dilemmas from an Australian and New Zealand research project investigating contemporary knowledges about religious and cultural difference in school-based sexuality education programmes are explored. Utilising de-colonial studies, queer, and post-humanist theories, I map the operation of a colonising and normative ‘getting it right’ assemblage operating across classroom and focus group sites, and what it produces. I explore some tentative post-humanist and de-colonising pedagogical approaches for engaging with and working the knowledges about race and gender that were produced in focus groups, and suggest some (admittedly challenging) possibilities that they could hold for ‘working’ sexuality education knowledges in schools within a neoliberal era.


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  • Kathleen Quinlivan
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  1. 1.School of Educational Studies and Leadership, College of Education, Health and Human DevelopmentUniversity of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand

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