A Radical Plurality: Re-thinking Cultural and Religious Diversity in Sexuality Education

  • Louisa Allen
  • Kathleen Quinlivan


This chapter engages with debates about addressing cultural and religious diversity in sexuality education. It argues Sharon Todd’s concept of radical plurality offers a reconfiguration of the pedagogical encounter for sexuality education students, by disrupting a view of cultural and religious diversity as a set of identity characteristics which inevitably engender classroom conflicts. Instead, the idea of a radical plurality sets a different pedagogical scene. It means encountering the pedagogical space of education beyond instrumental terms and as an unpredictable site, ‘where we cannot know … what the future holds and what subjects will unfold in its midst—subjects both unique and different, in relation’ (Todd, Stud Philos Educ 30: 511, 2010). As a new form of pedagogical ethics, it may constitute a radical proposition for the future of sexuality education.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Louisa Allen
    • 1
  • Kathleen Quinlivan
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Education and Social WorkUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of Educational Studies and LeadershipCollege of Education, Health and Human Development, University of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand

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