Queer(y)ing and recrafting agency: moving away from a model of coercion versus escape

Gowlett, Christina (2014) Queer(y)ing and recrafting agency: moving away from a model of coercion versus escape. Discourse, 35 3: 405-418. doi:10.1080/01596306.2014.888844

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Author Gowlett, Christina
Title Queer(y)ing and recrafting agency: moving away from a model of coercion versus escape
Journal name Discourse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-3739
0159-6306
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01596306.2014.888844
Open Access Status
Volume 35
Issue 3
Start page 405
End page 418
Total pages 14
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract This paper applies a Butlerian-inspired 'queer(y)ing' methodology to disrupt the utility of agency being framed within the binary of escape and coercion. In particular, it uses Butler's concept of performative resignification to analyse how Simon, a 16-year-old white male student, maneouvres his way through the social conventions of senior subject selection at his secondary school which is located in an outer-metropolitan suburb of Queensland in Australia. Queer theory is often caught up in a habit of thinking that positions it predominantly within the field of gender and sexualities research, thus limiting and constraining what it can do and where it can be used. By using a queer(y)ing methodology to explore senior schooling subject selection and participation, this paper also disrupts and expands the parameters of association with queer theory.
Keyword Judith Butler
Queer theory
Performative resignification
Agency
Senior schooling
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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