ISBN 9781920590581
Pages 270
Dimensions 234 x 156mm
Published 2015
Publisher Modjaji Books, South Africa
Format Paperback

Under Pressure

The Regulation of Sexualities in South African Secondary Schools

by Deevia Bhana

Drawing on in-depth interviews with learners, teachers, school managers and parents, the book offers a compelling portrait of an education system rife with homophobia. It provides a detailed account of how school communities understand and respond to homosexuality, and in doing so uncovers a persistent culture of enforced heterosexuality. But Under Pressure also offers a way forward. It reveals an enormous potential for diversity programmes and identifies a number of entry points for change. Most importantly, it shows that all of us - teachers, parents, school managers and policy-makers - have a role to play in combating homophobia. Under Pressure is compulsory reading for anyone interested in education, policy, social justice, gender equality or sexual rights.

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“This is a groundbreaking study of the persistent prejudice and violence against LGBTI people in South African school systems. GALA has produced a deeply important testament to the importance of empirical evidence as fuel for transformation in the South African context, and a powerful call to action that is part of a mounting effort globally to disrupt the perpetuation of anti-LGBT bias in schools around the world.”

Eliza Byard, PhD, Executive Director, GLSEN