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Introduction: Schools as queer transformative spaces

Sauntson, Helen ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0373-1242 and Ingvar Kjaran, Jon (2020) Introduction: Schools as queer transformative spaces. In: Ingvar Kjaran, Jon and Sauntson, Helen ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0373-1242, (eds.) Schools as Queer Transformative Spaces: Global Narratives on Sexualities and Genders. Routledge Research in Educational Equality and Diversity . London, Routledge

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This chapter introduces the key themes and questions to be addressed throughout the book. It introduces salient aspects of the social, political, historical and economic context relating to the research presented in the chapters appearing in the volume. The chapter presents the rationale for producing the book. The introduction then outlines the theoretical underpinnings of chapters in the volume which are all informed by queer theory and/or critical feminist theories, with additional insights from psychological, sociological and linguistic perspectives. Specific attention is paid to the utilisation of feminist and queer theories in conceptualisations of space and place in which it is argued that space has the potential to be ‘queered’ through the performative enactment of non-heteronormative identities, desires and practices. We develop this argument by suggesting that schools, as both physical and ideological ‘spaces’, can be queered in ways which open up a range of possibilities for enacting gender and sexual identities, the result of which is a positively transformative social and learning experience for all students. The chapter explains how each of the subsequent chapters will exemplify such process through presenting empirical research which is informed by these theories of queer transformative space.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Schools as Queer Transformative Spaces on 30/06/2020 available online: https://www.routledge.com/Schools-as-Queer-Transformative-Spaces-Global-Narratives-on-Sexualities/Kjaran-Sauntson/p/book/9781032088396
Status: Published
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5375

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