The Power of Things! A ‘New’ Ontology of Sexualities at School

  • Louisa Allen
Part of the Queer Studies and Education book series (QSTED)


This chapter contributes to the mapping of a ‘new’ ontology of sexuality at school. Drawing on feminist new materialist thinking from Barad (Meeting the universe halfway: Quantum physics and the entanglement of matter and meaning, Duke University Press, 2007), Bennett (Political Theory, 32(3), 347–372, 2004), and Lenz Taguchi (International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 26(6), 706–716, 2013), it analyses photographs from a project on the Sexual Cultures of schooling in a way that takes ‘things’ or ‘matter’ seriously. Seeking to disrupt the idea that humans represent the only site for, and expression of, sexuality, it explores how matter and meaning are co-constitutive in sexuality’s becoming at school. Instead of seeing sexuality as discursively constituted through a plethora of schooling processes and practices, another proposition is offered. Sexuality does not pre-exist matter/meaning but comes into being via their relation.


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  • Louisa Allen
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  1. 1.Faculty of Education and Social WorkUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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