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Editor’s Choice: ‘Behind the Bike Sheds: Sexual Geographies of Schooling’

Published in Editor's Choice, Self and Identity by Mark Murphy on February 20, 2013

Editor's Choice: 'Behind the Bike Sheds: Sexual Geographies of Schooling'

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Louisa Allen’s new paper Behind the Bike Sheds: Sexual Geographies of Schooling, talks about Judith Butler, Michel Foucault, space, place and agentic materiality. Oh, and bike sheds. I mean, what more do you want?

Abstract below:

“This paper is concerned with extending existing understandings about the role of schools as sexualising agencies. It seeks to uncover previously undisturbed spatial and material dimensions of schooling with regards to sexualities and their implication for how young people learn about sexualities at school. In this regard, the paper asks: how do apparently mundane spatial and material schooling arrangements constitute particular sexual meanings and identities for students? A visual methodology is employed to capture schooling places that students identify as constitutive of sexual meanings and identities. How students’ embodied sexual practices negotiate and contest these spatial/material configurations is also investigated. Through this analysis, the paper makes a theoretical contribution to an understanding of space as an in process materiality. It is concluded that the spatial and material arrangements of schooling contribute to a larger schooling project concerned with muting and regulating young people’s sexual subjectivities.”

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Mark Murphy is a Reader in Education and Public Policy at the University of Glasgow. He previously worked as an academic at King’s College, London, University of Chester, University of Stirling, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, University College Dublin and Northern Illinois University. Mark is an active researcher in the fields of education and public policy. His research interests include educational sociology, critical theory, accountability in higher education, and public sector reform.

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