School toilets : queer, disabled bodies and gendered lessons of embodiment

SLATER, Jenny, JONES, Charlotte and PROCTER, Lisa (2016). School toilets : queer, disabled bodies and gendered lessons of embodiment. Gender and Education, 1-15. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    In this paper we argue that school toilets function as one civilising site (Elias, 1978) in which children learn that disabled and queer bodies are out of place. This paper is the first to offer queer and crip perspectives on school toilets. The small body of existing school toilet literature generally works from a normative position which implicitly perpetuates dominant and oppressive ideals. We draw on data from Around the Toilet, a collaborative research project with queer, trans and disabled people (aroundthetoilet.wordpress.com) to critically interrogate this work. In doing this we consider ‘toilet training’ as a form of ‘civilisation’, that teaches lessons around identity, embodiment and ab/normal ways of being in the world. Furthermore, we show that ‘toilet training’ continues into adulthood, albeit in ways that are less easily identifiable than in the early years. We therefore call for a more critical, inclusive, and transformative approach to school toilet research.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: toilets; school toilets; bathroom; restroom; childhood; gender; trans; queer; disability
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Institute of Education
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/09540253.2016.1270421
    Page Range: 1-15
    Depositing User: Jen Slater
    Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2016 11:07
    Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 14:17
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13896

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