Secularism, religion and 'progressive' sex education

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This article engages contemporary debates about the notion of secularism, outside of the field of education. I draw on these debates to consider how 'progressives' in sex education in the USA draw on and reinscribe religious/secular divides. I will consider the affinities, prejudices and attachments of scholars who advocate a secular worldview, in the context of sex education, and I will consider some of the consequences that ensue from this way of seeing. My aim is to demonstrate how the notion of secularism works to frame debates within the field of sex education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)699-712
Number of pages14
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


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