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ERIC Number: EJ973655
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1940-7882
Starring Students: Gender Performance at a Women's College
Hart, Jeni; Lester, Jaime
NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education, v4 n2 p193-217 Sep 2011
The purpose of this qualitative study is to better understand how gender is constructed at a women's college. Specifically, the researchers use Judith Butler's (1990) work on performativity to frame how members of the campus community perceive transgender students are integrated into the college. Through semi-structured interviews with faculty, staff, and students, three themes emerged: transgender students are both invisible and hyper-visible and they experience a certain degree of oppression in their lives, oppression that carries with it unique circumstances due to the location of this study. The influence of these themes on the campus community and on what it means to be a women's college when gender is considered as performance are explored. Finally, implications of the findings for research and practice are also considered. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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