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

Jeyasingham, Dharman (2008) Knowledge / ignorance and the construction of sexuality in social work education. Social Work Education, 27 (2). pp. 138-151. ISSN 0261-5479

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Abstract

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: 1. demands for greater visibility of lesbians and gay men; 2. the positioning of internalised homophobia as the defining feature of lesbians' and gay men's oppression; and 3. 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: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Social Work Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sexuality ; Knowledge ; Ignorance ; Internalised Homophobia ; Heteronormativity
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 60730
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 17 Dec 2012 09:51
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2018 15:16
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/60730

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