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


Willis, PB, 'Queer Eye' for Social Work: Rethinking Padagogy and Practice with Same-sex Attracted Young People, Australian Social Work, 60, (2) pp. 181-196. ISSN 0312-407X (2007) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2007 Australian Association of Social Workers

DOI: doi:10.1080/03124070701323816


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Social work
Research Field:Clinical social work practice
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Pacific Peoples community services
Objective Field:Pacific Peoples community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Willis, PB (Mr Paul Willis)
ID Code:50150
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2012-06-06

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