When Sex Goes to School: Warring Views on Sex—and Sex Education—Since the Sixties


reviewed by Jeffrey P. Moran — November 20, 2006

coverTitle: When Sex Goes to School: Warring Views on Sex—and Sex Education—Since the Sixties
Author(s): Kristin Luker
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co., New York
ISBN: 0393060896 , Pages: 416, Year: 2006
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For most of the last three decades, the battleground of sex education has been confined to a few narrow strips of land: comprehensive sexuality education versus abstinence education; home and church versus the public school system; disaster prevention versus positive sexuality; and a few more binary oppositions that have provided a basis for fights, but not for insight. In an attempt to explain why these recent disputes have been so durable and so static, the sociologist Kristin Luker spent 10 years interviewing participants in three different localities across the United States. The result of her efforts, When Sex Goes to School: Warring Views on Sex—and Sex Education—Since the Sixties, is part history, part sociology, part research memoir (if there is such a thing), and part philosophy. As the dashes in the subtitle suggest, Luker is less interested in sex education itself than in the ways in which disputes over the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 20, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12846, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 3:56:54 AM

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