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Knowledge/ignorance and the construction of sexuality in social work education

Jeyasingham, D 2008, 'Knowledge/ignorance and the construction of sexuality in social work education' , Social Work Education, 27 (2) , pp. 138-151.

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    This paper explores how systems of knowledge about sexuality in social work operate alongside systems of ignorance—ways of not knowing sexuality or not knowing parts of it—which work to exclude particular ideas, behaviours and groups of people. It uses discourse analysis of literature aimed at social work students in order to examine how these systems manifest themselves in social work education. The paper analyses the following aspects of dominant discourses about sexuality and lesbians and gay men in this literature: -demands for greater visibility of lesbians and gay men; -the positioning of internalised homophobia as the defining feature of lesbians’ and gay men’s oppression; and -the ways in which not knowing lesbian or gay experience is constructed as an objective position. The paper ends by suggesting ways in which sexuality might be understood differently in social work education contexts.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Sexuality, knowledge, ignorance, internalised homophobia, heteronormativity
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
    Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
    Journal or Publication Title: Social Work Education
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0261-5479
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    Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2011 12:15
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:51

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