A Story of Becoming

Trans* Equity as Ethnodrama

Joseph D. Sweet, David Carlson

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Abstract

Amid today’s political climate, it becomes increasingly critical to encourage and maintain trans*1 equity practices of affirmation and recognition. While providing opportunities for hope and empathy, this article situates ethnodrama within gender theory to stage the lived experience of one female-to-male (FTM) trans* high school student. Distilled from a corpus of ethnographic interviews, this performance captures the student’s school experiences, and exchanges with his parents. Given theater possesses the potential to create empathy and affect social change, this ethnodrama attempts a novel embodiment of the layered complexities of trans* inclusion to foster pedagogies of recognition and gender equity. In this way, this performative text contributes to the burgeoning and important field of gender studies in education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-193
Number of pages11
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

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Keywords

  • arts-based inquiry
  • ethnographies
  • gender and arts based educational research
  • gender and ordinariness
  • GLBT issues and theory
  • methodologies
  • methods of inquiry
  • performance ethnography
  • qualitative research
  • qualitative research and education

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  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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A Story of Becoming : Trans* Equity as Ethnodrama. / Sweet, Joseph D.; Carlson, David.

In: Qualitative Inquiry, Vol. 24, No. 3, 01.03.2018, p. 183-193.

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Sweet, Joseph D. ; Carlson, David. / A Story of Becoming : Trans* Equity as Ethnodrama. In: Qualitative Inquiry. 2018 ; Vol. 24, No. 3. pp. 183-193.
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