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Language, Sexuality and Education

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  • Publication planned for: August 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107565708

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  • Presenting a range of data obtained from secondary schools in the UK and US, this path-breaking book explores the role played by language in constructing sexual identities. Analysing the often complex ways in which homophobia, heterosexism and heteronormativity are enacted within school contexts, it shows that by analysing language, we can discover much about how educators and students experience sexual diversity in their schools, how sexual identities are constructed through language, and how different statuses are ascribed to different sexual identities.

    • Addresses the timely and much-debated issue of sexual diversity in schools, which is currently undergoing many changes
    • Uses multiple methods of discourse analysis rather than focus on a single analytical framework, enabling a more systematic and detailed analysis of the data
    • Focuses on the linguistic dimensions of sexual diversity in schools, ideal for those working in applied linguistics as well as in education and sexuality studies
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    ‘An outstanding piece of scholarship. Her meticulous, queer linguistically informed analyses of communicative practices in educational contexts reveal graphically that sexuality-related discrimination and invisibility still form harmful discourses that systematically affect learners and learning in negative ways. A seminal text for queer applied linguistics and an important addition to the field of language and sexuality studies.' Heiko Motschenbacher, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107565708
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 34 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Confronting the context
    2. Researching language and sexuality in educational settings
    3. Using sociolinguistic frameworks to explore the school experiences of LGBT+ Yyouth
    4. Educators' perspectives on language and sexual diversity in schools
    5. Exploring ideologies of sexuality in curriculum documents
    6. SRE classroom interaction analysis and the construction of sexual identities
    Closing remarks

  • Author

    Helen Sauntson, York St John University
    Helen Sauntson is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at York St John University. Her books include New Perspectives on Language and Sexual Identity (2007), Approaches to Gender and Spoken Classroom Discourse (2012), and Global Perspectives and Key Debates in Sex and Relationships Education (2016).

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