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dc.contributor.authorBrickell, Chris
dc.identifier.citationBrickell, C. (2005). Sex Instruction and the Construction of Homosexuality in New Zealand, 1920-1965. Sex Education, 5(2), 123–140. doi:10.1080/14681810500038715en
dc.description.abstractHistorical analysis of sex education materials, as well as of the debates that surround them, can shed light upon the construction of sexuality in particular contexts. This article examines some of these materials and debates as a window into the construction of ‘homosexuality’ and ‘the homosexual’ in mid‐twentieth century New Zealand. It is argued that ‘the homosexual’ as a category was not clearly demarcated during this period, and that ‘heterosexuality’ per se did not appear in debates over ‘sex instruction’ until the 1950s. Earlier notions of self‐control were reasserted during the post‐war moral panic over young people's sexuality, and homosexuality was sometimes regarded as a symptom of social rebellion and thus a universal potential as much as a characteristic of a fixed sexual minority. Contemporary psychology and responses to the war blurred the boundaries between ‘homosexuality’ and ‘normal’ sexuality, ensuring the ongoing instability of what has more recently been termed the ‘homo/hetero binary’.en_NZ
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofSex Educationen_NZ
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International*
dc.subjectsex educationen_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.titleSex Instruction and the Construction of Homosexuality in New Zealand, 1920-1965en_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
otago.schoolSociology, Gender and Social Worken_NZ
otago.openaccessAbstract Onlyen_NZ
dc.rights.statement© 2005 Taylor & Francis Group Ltden_NZ
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