Queering Straight Teachers

Two books I’ve just put on my wishlist:

1. William F. Pinar (Ed) (2000) Queer Theory in Education. Lawrence Erlbaum

2. Nelson M. Rodriguez and William F. Pinar (Eds) (2008) Queering Straight Teachers. Peter Lang

The first is apparently “a passionate, challenging and academically stretching collection of essays that both re-appropriate the term queer and question the whole process of normalisation in education”. The second promises to shift the focus “from an analysis of the GLBT [gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender] «Other» to a critical examination of what it might mean, in theory and in practice, to queer straight teachers, and the implications this has for challenging institutionalized heteronormativity in education”.

One reviewer writes that:

[T]he promise of queer theory for education rests in its potential to open up dialogue among persons from many divergent subjective positions, enabling them to explore the possibilities of coalitional politics and networks of solidarity that could transcend our codified patterns of interest-group politics.

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