Victoria Rawlings - Gender Regulation, Violence and Social Hierarchies in School - Friday 17th March

To be launched by Associate Professor Deb Hayes

Gender Regulation, Violence and Social Hierarchies in School: 'Sluts', 'Gays' and 'Scrubs'

Despite a range of anti-bullying initiatives being implemented in schools, stories of student aggression and persecution continue to emerge from these environments. In this book, Victoria Rawlings investigates why traditional understandings of bullying continue to fail those affected, and illustrates how bullying is shaped by prominent discourse.

Drawing on poststructuralist feminist theory, Rawlings highlights the social and cultural inequalities too often forgotten in analysis of aggressive behaviour in schools, and places particular emphasis on gender and sexuality as facilitating and constraining forces within school environments and bullying discourses. This book provides a necessary assessment as to why current anti-bullying approaches are failing, and offers an alternative explanation as to how and why bullying occurs.

This is a timely and authoritative study which uses qualitative interviews and focus groups with students, teachers and principals to emphasize the real-life experiences of young people in schools today. Interdisciplinary in nature, this book has a broad appeal and will be of special interest to those studying or working in the fields of gender and sexuality studies, sociology, and education.



Date and time: Friday 17th March, 6pm for 6.30pm

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