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Title: Trans Teacher Experiences and the Failure of Visibility
Contributor(s): Harris, Anne (author); Jones, Tiffany  (author)
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.1057/9781137441928.0005
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Abstract: This chapter draws on one case study of a trans* male-identifying teacher in an urban high school in Melbourne, Australia. As a counter-discourse to contemporary popular notions of more inclusive and anti-homophobic schools, this chapter proposes that trans* teacher experiences are still an under-researched and sometimes controversial 'final frontier' for even 'safe' schools that strive to engage with LGBTQ-inclusive discourses and practices. Drawing out Halberstam's focus on 'the bathroom problem' in trans* experience and scholarship (1998), and extending his notion of productive failure (2011), we argue more broadly that some current mainstreaming of diverse sexualities education and antibullying attention to LGBTQ students do not extend inclusivity to care of teachers - most especially trans teachers - nor do they acknowledge the particularity of trans subjectivities.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Queer Teachers, Identity and Performativity, p. 11-28
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Place of Publication: Basingstoke, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781137441935
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390406 Gender, sexuality and education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160399 Teaching and curriculum not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
Series Name: Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education
Editor: Editor(s): Anne Harris and Emily M Gray
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School of Education

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