When God Teaches Sex Ed: Applying Michel Foucault’s Concept of Surveillance and Antonio Gramsci’s Notion of Hegemony

By Tonya Callaghan.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The author defines homophobia and describes how it functions as a structure within the deeply hierarchical system of Catholic schools.

Keywords: Foucault, Surveillance, Gramsci, Hegemony, Homophobia, Catholic Schools, Lived Experience, Autoethnography

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.67-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 830.841KB).

Ms Tonya Callaghan

Tonya Callaghan is a graduate student in the Master’s of Education program with the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta. Her area of specialization is Theoretical, Cultural and International Studies in Education. The topic of her thesis is the Catholic institutionalization of homophobia in Canadian Catholic secondary schools. The holder of two Bachelor degrees from the University of Calgary (English 1990, Education 1996), Tonya Callaghan has enjoyed a varied teaching career with over ten years of national, international, rural, and urban teaching assignments. Tonya serves as a youth facilitator with support groups for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, and queer (LGBTQ) youth in Edmonton and Calgary (Alberta), as well as for Camp FYrefly, the first summer camp for LGBTQ youth in North America. She is also a member of the LGBTQ Youth Resource Committee, developed by the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, whose main goal was to establish www.youthsafe.net, a website of resources available to LGBTQ youth. Additionally, as a member of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Sub-Committee of the Alberta Teachers’ Association Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Committee, Tonya Callaghan has provided input on professional development workshops designed to build safe and caring classrooms, schools, and communities for LGBTQ students.


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