Understanding and Addressing Homophobia in Schools: A View from Teachers

Author: Deevia Bhana
Created: 2012
Country South Africa
Organisation University of KwaZulu-Natal
Type Journal Article
Format pdf
Extent 21 pages
Original Publication
Research has shown that South African schools are key sites for homophobic discrimination. Teachers can play an important role in critiquing homophobia based on South Africa’s legal claim to equality on the basis of sexual orientation. Currently, there is a dearth of research about the ways that teachers understand and address homophobia. By drawing upon focus-group interviews with teachers at five schools, this paper locates dominant teaching views that contribute to homophobia. The analysis identifies three interrelated discursive constructions through which homophobia is both produced and resisted by teachers: silencing homosexuality, denying its existence in the curriculum and religious prohibitions.
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