Constructing Sexualities and Gendered Bodies in School Spaces

Nordic Insights on Queer and Transgender Students

  • Jón Ingvar Kjaran

Part of the Queer Studies and Education book series (QSTED)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jón Ingvar Kjaran
    Pages 1-12
  3. Jón Ingvar Kjaran
    Pages 13-58
  4. Jón Ingvar Kjaran
    Pages 177-202
  5. Jón Ingvar Kjaran
    Pages 203-210
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 211-243

About this book


This book sheds light on how sexuality and gender intersect in producing heteronormativity within the school system in Iceland. In spite of recent support for progressive policies regarding sexual and gender equality in the country, there remains a discrepancy between policy and practice with respect to LGBTQ rights and attitudes within the school system. This book draws on ethnographic data and interviews with LGBTQ students in high schools across the country and reveals that, although Nordic countries are sometimes portrayed as queer utopias, the school system in Iceland has a long road ahead in making schools more inclusive for all students. 


Nordic countries queer utopia LGBTQ+ youth Queering Queer Pedagogy Trans Youth Sexual Minorities

Authors and affiliations

  • Jón Ingvar Kjaran
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of IcelandReykjavíkIceland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-53332-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-53333-3
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