Edited By sj Miller and Nelson M. Rodriguez
Chapter Twelve: Queering the Inquiry Body: Critical Science Teaching From the Margins
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Queering the Inquiry Body: Critical Science Teaching From the Margins
KERRITA K. MAYFIELD
Disidentification is meant to be descriptive of the survival strategies the minority subject practices in order to negotiate a phobic majoritarian public sphere that continuously elides or punishes the existence of subjects who do not conform to the phantasm of normative citizenship.
—MUÑOZ, 1999, P. 4
I did not intend to start with Muñoz. I started writing this chapter between Ferguson and “I can’t breathe” and am editing it after the contested release of the full 30-minute video that shows 12-year-old Tamir Rice not only being shot within seconds of the police car’s arrival, but also his 14-year-old sister being thrown to the ground, handcuffed, then put in the back of said police car when she runs toward his body—where she sits while it takes 13 minutes for him to be taken away in an ambulance for care. The curricular care of children is my business. I kept getting distracted by the consequences of harboring a visually different embodiment; being or being perceived as queer in normative spaces; of being perceived as not one of us in the former slave-holding heteropatriarchy that is our nation-state. The reality is that fancy talk cannot mute the majoritarian gaze and its consequences upon those deemed unwelcome in certain spaces.
And, thus, the schisms between training and embodied...
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