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MELO, Eugênia Marques de Oliveira; ARRUDA, Débora Pinho; ALENCAR, Helenira Fonseca de  e  COLACO, Veriana de Fátima Rodrigues. What is said and what is unsaid in sexual education: a discourse production. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2010, vol.30, n.2, pp. 346-361. ISSN 1414-9893.

This article comes from a research through which we investigated how the speech about sexuality is produced in religious and laic schools in the current days in the city of Fortaleza. Considering possible religious and political influences over the speeches produced in these schools about the topic of sexual education, we aimed to investigate the possible differences between them as well as Foucault’s power/ knowledge/pleasure combination present in the analyzed speeches. To do so, we used Foucault’s perspective, since it highlights the discourse productions in the investigation of the power relationships which bypass their principles and their power of social disciplining. The research was conducted in four schools in Fortaleza: two secular schools (a public one and a private one) and two religious schools (a protestant and a catholic). We have interviewed three elementary school principals and four coordinators in order to ignite discourse productions about the conception of sexual education. As methodological procedure we used the qualitative method based on social constructionism, with the formulation of maps of association of ideas, from which we developed analytical categories and performed the analysis of the production of senses. Differences in the discourses about sexual education between the religious and laic schools and similarities among the religious schools regarding the way the body is discussed were noticed.

Palavras-chave : Discourse analysis; Sexual education; Elementary school; Foucault.

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