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Queer Studies and Education

Constructing Sexualities and Gendered Bodies in School Spaces

Nordic Insights on Queer and Transgender Students

Authors: Kjaran, Jón Ingvar

  • Expands the literature on LGBTQ youth from a Nordic perspective 
  • Sheds light on the policy-making process as it relates to addressing gender and sexual minority rights and education in the school system
  • Draws a connection between Foucault's theories of space and the issues of LGBTQ embodiment and self
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About this book

This book sheds light on how sexuality and gender intersect in producing heteronormativity within the school system in Iceland. In spite of recent support for progressive policies regarding sexual and gender equality in the country, there remains a discrepancy between policy and practice with respect to LGBTQ rights and attitudes within the school system. This book draws on ethnographic data and interviews with LGBTQ students in high schools across the country and reveals that, although Nordic countries are sometimes portrayed as queer utopias, the school system in Iceland has a long road ahead in making schools more inclusive for all students.

About the authors

Jón Ingvar Kjaran is Assistant Professor of Sociology of Education, Gender and Sexuality at the University of Iceland. He is also a fellow at UNU-GEST (United Nations University on Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme). Kjaran has published several articles in various International Journals on gender equality, LGBTQ issues, and sexuality. 

Reviews

“This book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of sexuality and gender in schools, going beyond the borders of Iceland and the Nordic countries. It is a must read for all those interested in the field whether at the undergraduate, postgraduate, or professorial level.” (Debbie Epstein, Professor of Cultural Studies in Education in the School of Education, University of Roehampton, UK)

“Kjaran offers a rare and detailed study of everyday politics and practices of gender, sexuality, spatialization, and visual culture at school. It is also delightfully lucid, a pleasure to read, and a guide to action.” (Jeff Hearn, Professor Emeritus, Hanken School of Economics, Finland, and author of “Men of the World”)

“Through ground-breaking analysis, this brilliant ethnographic study shines a light on the experience of trans, queer, lesbian, gay, and bisexual students and their teachers in schools. This book should not only be read by teachers and school administrators in all levels but also by everyone else concerned with sexuality, gender equality, and education.” (Jukka Lehtonen, Senior Researcher in Gender Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Kjaran, Jón Ingvar

    Pages 1-12

  • The Schooling of Gendered Bodies and Sexualities

    Kjaran, Jón Ingvar

    Pages 13-58

  • The Nordic Context: LGBTQ Civil Rights and Educational Policies on Gender and Sexual Minorities

    Kjaran, Jón Ingvar

    Pages 59-95

  • The Institutionalization of Heteronormativity in Schools

    Kjaran, Jón Ingvar

    Pages 97-146

  • Ethical Relationality and Heterotopic Spaces in Schools

    Kjaran, Jón Ingvar

    Pages 147-175

Buy this book

eBook £52.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-53333-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £66.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
valid through November 5, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-137-53332-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Constructing Sexualities and Gendered Bodies in School Spaces
Book Subtitle
Nordic Insights on Queer and Transgender Students
Authors
Series Title
Queer Studies and Education
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53333-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-53333-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53332-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 243
Number of Illustrations and Tables
15 illustrations in colour
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