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Transgender negotiations of precarity: contested spaces of higher education

Lookup NU author(s): Carl Bonner-Thompson, Dr Graeme Mearns, Professor Peter Hopkins



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We use feminist and queer theorisations of precarity as emotional and embodied to explore how trans people experience and negotiate university campus spaces in North East England. Through analysis of fifteen interviews conducted with university students and staff, we highlight how precarity is lived and felt through an exploration of the ways in which different spaces of the campus become contexts of hope, comfort and belonging, as well as anxiety, fear and violence. We detail the specific ways in which university spaces can come to shape feelings of precariousness and how these are relational to experiences of being trans in the wider city. We conclude by highlighting what an emotional and felt approach to precarity can offer geographers interested in power, marginalisation and place.

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Author(s): Bonner-Thompson C, Mearns GW, Hopkins P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The Geographical Journal

Year: 2021

Volume: 187

Issue: 3

Pages: 227-239

Print publication date: 01/09/2021

Online publication date: 08/03/2021

Acceptance date: 26/02/2021

Date deposited: 26/02/2021

ISSN (print): 0016-7398

ISSN (electronic): 1475-4959

Publisher: Wiley


DOI: 10.1111/geoj.12384


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