Gender And Childhood Sexuality In Primary School by Deevia BhanaGender And Childhood Sexuality In Primary School by Deevia Bhana

Gender And Childhood Sexuality In Primary School

byDeevia Bhana

Paperback | June 29, 2018

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This book is an ethnography of teachers and children in grades 1 and 2, and presents arguments about why we should take gender and childhood sexuality seriously in the early years of South African primary schooling. Taking issue with dominant discourses which assumes children's lack of agency, the book questions the epistemological foundations of childhood discourses that produce innocence. It examines the paradox between teachers' dominant narratives of childhood innocence and children's own conceptualisation of gender and sexuality inside the classroom, with peers, in heterosexual games, in the playground and through boyfriend-girlfriend relationships. It examines the nuances and finely situated experiences which draw attention to hegemonic masculinity and femininity where boys and girls challenge and contest relations of power. The book focuses on the early makings of gender and sexual harassment and shows how violent gender relations are manifest even amongst very young boys and girls. Attention is given to the interconnections with race, class, structural inequalities, as well as the actions of boys and girls as navigate gender and sexuality at school. The book argues that the early years of primary schooling are a key site for the production and reproduction of gender and sexuality. Gender reform strategies are vital in this sector of schooling.

Professor Deevia Bhana is the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Gender and Childhood Sexuality and Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She has published widely in the fields of gender, childhood sexualities, young masculinities and schooling.
Title:Gender And Childhood Sexuality In Primary SchoolFormat:PaperbackDimensions:229 pagesPublished:June 29, 2018Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9811095701

ISBN - 13:9789811095702


Table of Contents

Introduction.- Children are children gender doesn't matter.- Boys will be boys: What do teachers have to do with it?.- "...they don't say that men and women are equal": Culture, materiality and gender.- Teachers are mothers: Can men teach young children?.- Boys rule, Girls drool." Masculinities, femininities and the fight for power.- Boys, violence and the gendered negotiation of masculinities.- Girls hit!' Constructing and negotiating violent African femininities.- Kiss and tell: Boys, girls and sexualities.- "Emma and Dave sitting on a tree, K I S S I N G" Boys, girls at play.- Conclusion.