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

Willis, PB 2007 , ''Queer Eye' for Social Work: Rethinking Padagogy and Practice with Same-sex Attracted Young People' , Australian Social Work, vol. 60, no. 2 , pp. 181-196 , doi:

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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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Willis, PB
Keywords: Queer theory; Same-sex Attracted Young People; Sexualities
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Social Work
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0312-407X
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