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Just us, just discussing: imagined homogeneities in the Gender Studies classroom

Karlsson, Lena LU (2015) In Gender and Education 27(6). p.654-665
Abstract
This article explores practices of othering through formations of normative sameness in discussion-based seminar classrooms. It takes literary scholar Stanley Fish’s question, ‘Is there a text in this class, or is it just us?’, back into the classroom to explore the formation of a ‘just us,’ an imagined homogeneous interpretive community which, I argue, has discriminatory effects by normalising

some voices and practices. It draws on feminist and anti-oppressive theory to discuss ways to pedagogically trouble the enactment of homogeneous interpretive communities in the Gender Studies classroom. As the Gender Studies teacher, I devised pedagogical practices based on the allocation of specific roles as a way to work towards an... (More)
This article explores practices of othering through formations of normative sameness in discussion-based seminar classrooms. It takes literary scholar Stanley Fish’s question, ‘Is there a text in this class, or is it just us?’, back into the classroom to explore the formation of a ‘just us,’ an imagined homogeneous interpretive community which, I argue, has discriminatory effects by normalising

some voices and practices. It draws on feminist and anti-oppressive theory to discuss ways to pedagogically trouble the enactment of homogeneous interpretive communities in the Gender Studies classroom. As the Gender Studies teacher, I devised pedagogical practices based on the allocation of specific roles as a way to work towards an anti-discriminatory classroom by demystifying academic practice and framing seminar practice as a social genre. The article critically reflects on students’ subsequent reluctance to take on roles and

their preference for free-flowing discussions, doing what comes naturally, a ‘doing’ of academia which, I suggest, is linked to social privilege. (Less)
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interpretive communities, imagined homogeneity, the seminar classroom, genre, anti-oppressive pedagogy
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Higher Education
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Gender and Education
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27
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6
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654 - 665
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Taylor & Francis
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1360-0516
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10.1080/09540253.2015.1078874
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English
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some voices and practices. It draws on feminist and anti-oppressive theory to discuss ways to pedagogically trouble the enactment of homogeneous interpretive communities in the Gender Studies classroom. As the Gender Studies teacher, I devised pedagogical practices based on the allocation of specific roles as a way to work towards an anti-discriminatory classroom by demystifying academic practice and framing seminar practice as a social genre. The article critically reflects on students’ subsequent reluctance to take on roles and<br/><br>
their preference for free-flowing discussions, doing what comes naturally, a ‘doing’ of academia which, I suggest, is linked to social privilege.},
  author       = {Karlsson, Lena},
  issn         = {1360-0516},
  keyword      = {interpretive communities,imagined homogeneity,the seminar classroom,genre,anti-oppressive pedagogy},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
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  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Gender and Education},
  title        = {Just us, just discussing: imagined homogeneities in the Gender Studies classroom},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540253.2015.1078874},
  volume       = {27},
  year         = {2015},
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