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Voices of Transgender Children in Early Childhood Education

Reflections on Resistance and Resiliency

  • Marries both theory and praxis and captures the authentic narratives of trans individuals in the early elementary school system

  • Includes discussions about maximum control over the physical body, safe spaces, restrictive curriculum methods, and public humiliation in the context of the school setting

  • Explores Foucault’s normalization of the body theory


Part of the Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood book series (CCSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Ashley L. Sullivan, Laurie L. Urraro
    Pages 1-16
  3. Ashley L. Sullivan, Laurie L. Urraro
    Pages 17-40
  4. Ashley L. Sullivan, Laurie L. Urraro
    Pages 41-58
  5. Ashley L. Sullivan, Laurie L. Urraro
    Pages 59-92
  6. Ashley L. Sullivan, Laurie L. Urraro
    Pages 149-179
  7. Ashley L. Sullivan, Laurie L. Urraro
    Pages 181-198
  8. Ashley L. Sullivan, Laurie L. Urraro
    Pages 199-226
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 227-239

About this book


This volume explores transgender children and internalized body normalization in early childhood education settings, steeped in critical methodologies including post-structuralism, queer theory, and feminist approaches. The book marries theory and praxis, submitting to current and future teachers a text that not only presents authentic narratives about trans children in early childhood education, but also analyzes the forces at work behind gender policing, gender segregation, and transphobic education policies. As the struggles and triumphs of trans individuals have reached a watershed moment in the social fabric of the United States, this text offers a snapshot into the lives of ten transgender people as they reflect on their earliest memories in the American educational system.


transgender queer theory post-structuralism LGBTQ Transgender theory Feminist theory childhood studies

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Penn State BehrendErieUSA
  2. 2.Penn State BehrendErieUSA

About the authors

Ashley L. Sullivan is Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Penn State Behrend, USA. Her research focuses on young transgender children in early education settings, children’s literature containing transgender characters, children in poverty, reconceptualist methodologies, and kindergarten “readiness.”

Laurie L. Urraro is Assistant Teaching Professor of Spanish at Penn State Behrend, USA. She teaches language and culture classes. Her research focuses on contemporary female-authored Spanish drama, gender and sexuality, and women’s issues.

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