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What Have We Learned?

ByAnne M. Harris, Stacy Holman Jones, Sandra L. Faulkner, Eloise D. Brook

At a time of increasingly diverse and dynamic debates on the intersections of contemporary LGBTQ rights, trans* visibility, same-sex families and sexualities education, there is surprisingly little writing on what it means to queer notions of family and kinship networks in global context. And while families, schools and media spaces are among the first places we and those closest to us learn to enact and shield ourselves against the normalising violence of queer and transphobia, racism, misogyny and class warfare (to name only some of the complex and intertwined violences present in these collectives), we persist in our efforts to reclaim and reimagine what it means to be and do family and education. This book takes as its starting point the tension between the normalising violence and the imaginative potentialities of queering families and school, making explicit links between the work of queer and queering families that is occurring globally, and the educational aspirations and contexts of these families in lifelong education. The mission of the work is to lay bare and mine the theoretical insights of contemporary gender, sexuality and family studies by offering extended and intimate examples of the ways in which these fields ‘school’ the non-queer world in formal, informal and publicly pedagogical ways.