On Normativity and Absence: Representation of LGBTI* in Textbook Research

  • Marek Sancho Höhne
  • Dmitri Heerdegen


The authors examine in this chapter how LGBTI* (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and inter*) is considered in textbook research, analysing the relevant studies with regard to the conceptualisations of LGBTI* and the methods employed in those studies. The main focus of this chapter are the insufficiencies in present textbook research on LGBTI*, which starts with the subsumption of non-normative genders and sexualities under the umbrella term ‘LGBTI*’ and which more often than not results in inconsistent terminology. The authors of this chapter suggest to focus on intersectionalities of identifications and—in conjunction—to employ less standardised, more open methods when studying this subject, that is, researching normativities instead of the absence of LGBTI* in textbooks.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marek Sancho Höhne
    • 1
  • Dmitri Heerdegen
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences, Cultural and Social Anthropology DepartmentEuropean University ViadrinaFrankfurt (Oder)Germany

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