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ERIC Number: EJ882868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Queer Decisions? Gay Male Students' University Choices
Taulke-Johnson, Richard
Studies in Higher Education, v35 n3 p247-261 May 2010
This article examines the reported influences on the university choices of 17 gay male undergraduate students attending a UK institution. It is argued that this process is strongly mediated by, and, therefore, has to be considered in relation to, class. Data analysis provides insight into the factors gay students say are important in selecting universities, how (non-hetero)sexuality intersects with and impacts upon this decision making, and the ways in which these choices map onto and differ from those of non-gay students. The influences of participants' sexuality on their university choices are most evident in selecting an institution requiring a migration "away from" heterosexist and homophobic home communities, and/or a migration "towards" locales expected to be supportive and accepting of alternate (i.e. non-hetero)sexualities. Participants' nuanced accounts of these journeys and geographies indicate their university choices to be reflexive and strategic processes which may (or may not) be queered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom