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"Queer Eye" for Social Work: Rethinking Pedagogy and Practice with Same-sex Attracted Young People

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Dominant discourses on sexualities construct limited representations and understanding of same-sex attracted young people, often resulting in material and detrimental effects for young people who do not fit the heterosexual mould. Traditionally, social work theory and practice with same-sex attracted young people has relied on ethnic and essentialised models for understanding sexual difference. In the present article, the author reviews current literature on same-sex attracted young people and sexualities, arguing that key elements from queer theory invite social workers to rethink pedagogy and practice with sexually diverse groups. With its critical eye for deconstructing dominant models of sexuality, queer theory provides an alternative framework for informing social work practice. Implications for working in narrative ways with same-sex attracted young people through co-authorship are discussed.
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Keywords: Queer theory; Same-sex Attracted Young People; Sexualities

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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