Unruly Others: Language Teachers and the Policing of Gender in International Development

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The Gender Awareness in Language Education special interest group of JALT
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Journal Article
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The Journal and Proceedings of the Gender Awareness in Language Education special interest group of JALT, 2009, 2 (Gender Awa), pp. 4 - 14
Issue Date:
2009-01
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This paper considers the policing of gender as a dimension of English language teachers` experiences in international development work. I argue that international development zones have tended to reproduce the patriarchal regimes of an earlier colonial era and provide a challenging context for a (mostly) feminised language teaching profession. Just as colonial space, away from the safety of home, was primarily constructed as a domain of masculine endeavour, so too contemporary development missions, particularly in areas designated as politically unstable, produce a masculine domain that marginalises =unruly others` defined by gender and race.
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