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ERIC Number: EJ892139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Assertion, Regulation and Consent: Gay Students, Straight Flatmates, and the (Hetero)Sexualisation of University Accommodation Space
Taulke-Johnson, Richard
Gender and Education, v22 n4 p401-417 Jul 2010
Building upon conceptualisations of the sexualisation of space, this paper interrogates the ways in which heterosexual discourses are produced, enforced, legitimised and maintained as dominant within student accommodation. Analysis is derived from interviews with 17 gay male undergraduates attending a UK institution. I detail the micro-level processes, as framed by dictums of hegemonic heterosexual masculinities, by which participants' male flatmates reinscribed the heterosexual matrix in their living spaces. I then deconstruct how they safeguarded it through their verbal and physical regulation of alternate sexualities. Some participants contributed to the maintenance and validation of this heteronormativity in downplaying, justifying and not challenging flatmates' behaviour which could be coded as anti-gay. I therefore position student accommodation as a key site for the socio-spatial production of the heterosexual matrix and reinscription of heteronormativity, as construed through the workings of assertion, regulation and consent.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom