ERIC Number: EJ1023113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
Heterotopias in Physical Education: Towards a Queer Pedagogy?
Larsson, Håkan; Quennerstedt, Mikael; Öhman, Marie
Gender and Education, v26 n2 p135-150 2014
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 a "heterotopia," 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.
Descriptors: Gender Issues, Homosexuality, Physical Education, Dance Education, Secondary School Students, Video Technology, Interviews, Social Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Sexuality, Teacher Role, Sexual Orientation, Sex Stereotypes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden