The affective matter of (Australian) school uniforms: the school-dress that is and does

Melissa Joy Wolfe, Mary Lou Rasmussen

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In Australia, school uniforms are prevalent in both government and private schools. Uniforms as measurements of power are hotly contested, and gendered uniforms are of educational interest and concern. The pervasiveness of gendered uniforms has sparked ongoing campaigns such as Girls Uniform Agenda, 1 a movement to ensure that female students identifying as girls have options to wear trousers and shorts. Campaigns related to gendered uniform assume a binary gender and have focused on the growing demand for girls to be allowed to wear trousers and shorts. Rarely is the notion of boys in dresses raised, except where it is produced as some humorous hijinks 2 or a monstrous transgression.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMapping the Affective Turn in Education
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research, and Pedagogies
EditorsBessie P. Dernikos, Nancy Lesko, Stephanie D. McCall, Alyssa D. Niccolini
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781003004219
ISBN (Print)9780367031183
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Education

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