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'More than boy, girl, male, female': exploring young people’s views on gender diversity within and beyond school contexts

Bragg, S; Renold, E; Ringrose, J; Jackson, C; (2018) 'More than boy, girl, male, female': exploring young people’s views on gender diversity within and beyond school contexts. Sex Education , 18 (4) pp. 420-434. 10.1080/14681811.2018.1439373. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper explores the views of young people aged 12–14 on gender diversity, drawing upon school-based qualitative data from a study conducted in England in 2015–2016. Although earlier feminist and queer research in schools often found evidence of variable local gender cultures and gender non-conformity, we argue that the contemporary context, with its increasing global awareness of gender diversity, offers young people significant new ways of learning about and doing gender. Findings reveal that many young people have expanded vocabularies of gender identity/expression; critical reflexivity about their own positions; and principled commitments to gender equality, gender diversity and the rights of gender and sexual minorities. We also show how young people are negotiating wider cultures of gendered and sexual violence. Schools are providing some spaces and learning opportunities to support gender and sexual diversity. However, overall, it appears that young people’s immediate social cultural worlds are constructed in such a way that gender binary choices are frequently inevitable, from school uniforms and toilets to sports cultures and friendships. Our conclusion touches on the implications of these findings for how educational practitioners, external agencies and young people can address gender rights, equality and justice in schools and beyond.

Type: Article
Title: 'More than boy, girl, male, female': exploring young people’s views on gender diversity within and beyond school contexts
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14681811.2018.1439373
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/14681811.2018.1439373
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: Gender diversity, schools, young people, gender cultures, gender inequalities
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10045420
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