Juvenile school experience: what influence on the construction of sexuality´s representations?
Department of Sociology ISCTE Lisbon, Portugal
At a time marked by individualization, which "constructs" the social representation of youth, young people are asked to self-construct their personal life, authentically and expressively. To do so, one of the "tasks" that needs to be accomplished, is the construction of representations and experiences of sexuality, which became an important instrument and sign of personal and social development. To accomplish the objectives of individualization, Dubet (2004) argues that experience is essential; defending that youth is more of an experience than a role performed by young people. Several other authors argue that this experience is influenced by educators and significant others.
So, if we acknowledge that school is a privileged context to individualization, and that relationships and friendships, failure and success, are as important to individual growth as scholar apprenticeships, one might ask: how do juvenile interaction experiences at school (with the organization, teachers, other school employees, and peers) influence young students' construction of sexuality's representations, and experiences?