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The Interruption of Heteronormativity in Higher Education

Critical Queer Pedagogies

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Posits how heteronormativity in higher education can be interrupted and resisted

  • Uses extensive qualitative data to explore the dynamics of heteronormativity and its interruption on professional courses

  • Calls for co-created and co-held meta-reflexive and liminal spaces in higher education

Part of the book series: Queer Studies and Education (QSTED)

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-viii
  2. Framework and Context

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 21-21
    2. Theoretical Framework and Key Concepts

      • Michael Seal
      Pages 75-95
  3. Dynamics of Heteronormativity Within Educational Settings

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 97-97
  4. Interrupting Heteronormativity and Constructing Transgressive and Transformative Sexualities

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 179-179
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 287-301

About this book

This book examines how heteronormativity in higher education can be interrupted and resisted. Located within the theoretical framework of queer and critical pedagogy and based on extensive empirical research, the author explores the dynamics of heteronormativity and its interruption on professional courses in a range of higher education institutions. Reactions to attempt to interrupt it were nuanced: while strategies of contested engagement, avoidance and retreat were expressed, heterosexualities were largely un-examined and un-articulated. ‘Coming out’ needs to be a pedagogical act, carried out concurrently with the interruptions of other social constructions and binary oppositions. The author calls for co-created and co-held meta-reflexive and liminal spaces that emphasise inter-subjectivity, encounters, and working in the moment. These spaces must de-construct and reconstruct pedagogical power and knowledge to promote collective intersubjective consciousnesses, and widen the vision of the reflective practitioner to that of the pedagogical practitioner. This pioneering book is a call to action to all those concerned with interrupting and problematising presumed binary categories of sexuality within the heterosexual matrix.

Keywords

  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Heteronormativity
  • queer theory
  • heteronormativity in higher education
  • Queer pedagogy
  • gender and sexuality

Authors and Affiliations

  • Newman University, Birmingham, UK

    Michael Seal

About the author

Michael Seal is Reader in Critical Pedagogy at Newman University, UK.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Interruption of Heteronormativity in Higher Education

  • Book Subtitle: Critical Queer Pedagogies

  • Authors: Michael Seal

  • Series Title: Queer Studies and Education

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-19089-7

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-19088-0

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-19091-0

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-19089-7

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VIII, 301

  • Topics: Higher Education, Gender Studies, Queer Studies, Sociocultural Anthropology, Social Work

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USD 54.99
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  • ISBN: 978-3-030-19089-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 69.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 99.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)