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Thinking Queer

Sexuality, Culture, and Education


Susan Talburt and Shirley R. Steinberg

Thinking Queer takes up the challenges of queer theorizing for education by interrogating the effects of representation through voice and visibility, the interplay of social and academic knowledges and ignorances, and the performative aspects of queer identities and practices. Engaging ethnography, philosophical policy, and social analysis, cultural and media studies, and theoretical stances from psychoanalysis to complexity theory, the essays in this volume challenge readers to move beyond the logic of identity politics in order to consider the limitations and possibilities of cultural and institutional policies and practices in K-12 and higher educational contexts. This volume offers analyses of queer subjects that frame possibilities for new forms of inquiry into queer politics and practices and suggests tactics for educational change.
Contents: Shirley R. Steinberg: Preface: Getting Here – William F. Pinar: Foreword – Susan Talburt: Introduction: Some Contradictions and Possibilities of Thinking Queer – Marla Morris: Dante's Left Foot Kicks Queer Theory into Gear – Deborah P. Britzman: Precocious Education – Susan Talburt: Identity Politics, Institutional Response, and Cultural Negotiation: Meanings of a Gay and Lesbian Office on Campus – V. Darleen Opfer: Paranoid Politics, Extremism, and the Religious Right: A Case of Mistaken Identity? – Brent Davis/Dennis J. Sumara: Another Queer Theory: Reading Complexity Theory as a Moral and Ethical Imperative – Eric Rofes: Transgression and the Situated Body: Gender, Sex and the Gay Male Teacher – Shirley R. Steinberg: From the Closet to the Corral: Neo-stereotyping in In & Out – Nancy Lesko: Terms of Identity: Ellen’s Intertextual Coming Out – Glorianne M. Leck: School Uniforms, Baggy Pants, Barbie Dolls, and Business Suit Cultures on School Boards: A Feminqueering – Rob Linné: Choosing Alternatives to the Well of Loneliness – Townsand Price-Spratlen: Nurturing Images, Whispering Walls: Identity Intersections and Empowerment in the Academic Workplace.