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Heterotopias in physical education: towards a queer pedagogy?
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Forskningsgruppen för pedagogik, idrott och fritidskultur.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0638-7176
2014 (English)In: Gender and Education, ISSN 0954-0253, E-ISSN 1360-0516, Vol. 26, no 2, 135-150 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article sets out to outline how prevailing gender structures can be challenged in physical education (PE) by exploring queer potentials in an event that took place during a dancing lesson in an upper secondary PE class. The event and its features were documented through video recording and post-lesson interviews with the teacher and some of the students. It is argued that the event can be seen as aheterotopia, according to Michel Foucault a ‘counter-site’ enabling the resistance to authority, where the production of normalcy was challenged. Furthermore, even though the event happened spontaneously, the authors suggest that it can show a way towards a queer pedagogy for PE through teaching paradoxically; it indicates a preferred ethos of the lesson and the use of conceptual tools by teachers and students that make them able to intervene in the production of normalcy.

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2014. Vol. 26, no 2, 135-150 p.
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-3563DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2014.888403OAI: diva2:764206
Available from: 2014-11-18 Created: 2014-11-18 Last updated: 2015-12-22Bibliographically approved

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