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Heteronormativity in a Rural School Community

An Autoethnography

Authors: Thompson-Lee, Catherine

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  • Though others have interviewed lesbian and gay teachers from urban, suburban and rural schools, to date, research has not solely examined the experiences of the rural lesbian teacher in the English countryside.
  • Through the autoethnographic methodological framework, this book offers a distinctive commentary on the nature of heteronormativity in the rural school community, demonstrating that despite equalities legislation, homophobia and heterosexism can remain unchallenged in rural areas of the UK, resulting in significant professional and personal consequences for those affected.
  • This research offers an intimate first person account of the ways in which malicious allegations can impact on the professional and personal life of a teacher.
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This book presents an exploration of heteronormative discursive practices in the English countryside. A lesbian teacher describes her experiences in the rural school community in which she lived and worked. She prospered at the village school for almost ten years by censoring her sexuality and carefully managing the intersection between her private and professional identities. However, when a critical incident led to the exposure of her sexuality at school, she learned the extent to which the rural school community privileged and protected the heteronormative discourse. An autoethnographic method of inquiry provides intimate insight which is supported by external data, including email and text message correspondence. As the critical incident eventually became a police matter, police records and evidence from the UK Crown Prosecution Service were sought for use in the research. However, the collection of these data proved problematic, providing an unexpected development in the research and offering additional insight into the nature of rural life. This research offers a vivid insider perspective on the experiences of a lesbian teacher in a rural school community. It examines the incompatibility of private and professional identities, investigates the moral panic that surrounds teacher sexuality in schools and considers the impact of homophobic and heteronormative discursive practices on health, wellbeing and identity. Crucially, this research offers compelling insight into the steps that those in positions of power will take to protect and perpetuate the heteronormative discourse of rural life.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Heteronormativity in a Rural School Community
Book Subtitle
An Autoethnography
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Sense Publishers
Copyright Holder
SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands
eBook ISBN
978-94-6300-935-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-6300-935-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
CLXX, 12
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