Saving schools from abomination and abnormal sex : a discourse analysis of online public commentary about 'queering' school spaces

Dwyer, Angela E. (2010) Saving schools from abomination and abnormal sex : a discourse analysis of online public commentary about 'queering' school spaces. In Scherer, Burkhard (Ed.) Queering Paradigms. Peter Lang Publishing Group, Oxford, pp. 197-217.

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    Homophobic hatred: these words summarise online commentary made by people in support of a school that banned gay students from taking their same sex partners to a school formal. With the growing popularity of online news sites, it seems appropriate to critically examine how these sites are becoming a new arena in which people can express personal opinions about controversial topics. While commentators equally expressed two dominant viewpoints about the school ban (homophobic hatred and human rights), this paper focuses on homophobic hatred as a discursive position and how the comments work to confirm the legitimacy of the schools’ decision. Drawing on the work of Foucault and others, the paper examines how the comments constitute certain types of subjectivity drawing on dominant ideas about what it means to be homophobic. The analysis demonstrates the complex and competing skein of strategies that constitute queering school social spaces as a social problem.

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    ID Code: 29222
    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Additional Information: Paper delivered at 1st International CCCU Queer Studies Conference: "Queering Paradigms", 27 February – 1 March 2009, Canterbury Christ Church University
    Keywords: homophobia, school, youth, hate speech, gay, online commentary, queer theory
    ISBN: 9783039119707
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Gender Sexuality and Education (130308)
    Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
    Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
    Current > Schools > School of Justice
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Peter Lang
    Deposited On: 10 Dec 2009 10:57
    Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:22

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