No homo: Reactions to the interruption of heteronormativity on a youth and community work course

Seal, Mike (2020) No homo: Reactions to the interruption of heteronormativity on a youth and community work course. Journal of LGBT Youth. ISSN 1936-1653

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Abstract

Based on a three year self- study (S-STEP) into interrupting heteronormativity on youth and community work courses at a higher education institution, this article explores the reaction to the interruption of heteronormativity on youth and community work courses in a range of HEI institutions. Reactions were nuanced and contextual but concurred with existing literature that notes heteronormativity’s pervasiveness and invisibility, that sexuality can be embedded in unsuspected parts of the curriculum; and with the importance of considering students’ experience of homophobia inside and outside the classroom. We encountered strategies of contested engagement, strategic adjustment, avoidance and retreat that represented middle positions between homophobia and acceptance, but were no simple continuum as there was a concurrent intersecting spectrum between fractured and meta reflexives. Using Orne (2013) and Black (2012) schema we also encountered varieties of double and single consciousness, and indeed displaced double consciousnesses.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Critical pedagogy, heteronormativity, higher education, queer pedagogy, queer studies, youth work
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mike Seal
Date Deposited: 12 May 2020 09:17
Last Modified: 12 May 2020 09:17
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1234

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