Jones, Joseph R. “Unnormalizing Education : Addressing Homophobia in Higher Education and K-12 Schools”, Information Age Publishing, 2015.
On a Higher Level
It is still apparent that there are tremendous problems in our schools regarding homophobia and homophobic bullying. Educators are not sure about an appropriate process for addressing these challenges. Here, Joseph R. Jones postulates that out of necessity we need to begin exploring the culture of educational environments as they relate to sexual difference. We see here how educators must begin looking at how their concepts about various and different sexual identities are what we call normalized “through socializing processes and schooling”. We see here how individuals construct meanings about homophobia and hate language through “contextual oppositions” and “how educational environments maintain a false tolerance” when claiming to be tolerant of different sexual identities. We become aware how a hierarchy of hate language exists in educational environments, among other issues related to creating safe places for all students. Basically what this book tries to do it is “un”normalize society’s constructions of sexual identity by deconstructing the social norms.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Preface: Understanding Unnormalizing.
(Un)derstanding the Problem.
(Un) masking our True Tolerance.
(Un) Raveling Masculinities and Perceptions.
(Un)doing the Hierarchy of Hate Language.
(Un) Contextualizing Language and Behaviors.
(Un)derstanding the Role of Multicultural Education. in Addressing Homophobia in Schools.
(Un) Doing Unsupportive Schools.
(Un)dertaking a Personal Journey