Implications for gender and education research arising out of changing ideas about gender

Paechter, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-3050-5571, 2020. Implications for gender and education research arising out of changing ideas about gender. Gender and Education. ISSN 0954-0253

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Ideas about gender are changing. The UK and other countries are moving towards altering laws about gender recognition. Intersex people can be recognised as such in some countries. In the global North, nonbinary identities are becoming more common, and this is reflected in changes to recording systems. Referrals to child gender identity clinics are rising, and increasingly we have children in our schools who are socially transitioning, delaying puberty with hormone blockers, or starting hormonal gender transition. In this paper I consider how gender and education researchers should respond to these changes. I focus in particular on: the relationship between bodies and identity; artificially delayed puberty and how this affects ideas about childhood innocence; and the greater prevalence of nonbinary identifications. I argue that gender and education researchers will need to make significant changes to our underpinning theoretical frameworks and research practices in order to take these changes into account.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Gender and Education
Creators: Paechter, C.
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Date: 23 July 2020
ISSN: 0954-0253
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 13 Jul 2020 13:11
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2022 03:00

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