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ERIC Number: EJ1146619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1936-1653
Abridging the Acronym: Neoliberalism and the Proliferation of Identitarian Politics
Spencer, Leland G.; Patterson, G
Journal of LGBT Youth, v14 n3 p296-316 2017
Sexual and gender minorities have long quibbled over whether the "LGBT" moniker (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) is inclusive enough. While we celebrate the proliferation of sexual and gender identities, we also believe that this ever-expanding moniker has become an alibi for disavowing institutional violence--particularly in higher education. Grounding our analysis in our experiences co-advising a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally (LGBTQA) student organization, we illustrate how the focus on a deradicalized "inclusivity"--a trademark of moniker style politics--serves the needs of the corporatized university. This neoliberal vision of inclusion transforms LGBTQA "safe spaces" into spaces safe from critical thinking and ultimately ignores the needs of multiply minoritized queer and trans students, faculty, and staff.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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