Destabilizing Gender Inclusive Housing: A Feminist Poststructural Policy Analysis
Jeffries, Matthew Scott
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Gender inclusive housing (GIH) is widely viewed as a best practice to include trans* students within collegiate residence halls. Because of this insistence that GIH is an inclusive strategy, GIH has become a national trend across universities. Yet, in spite of GIH's increasing popularity, there is a dearth in the literature on the effectiveness of GIH in terms of inclusion for trans* students. In this study, I employ feminist poststructural discourse analysis to study the language at all flagship institutions that have enacted GIH. The artifacts that I procured were GIH proposals, GIH policies, university student newspapers, and university websites. From this language, I glean the dominant discourses that shape GIH at flagship institutions and conclude that the dominant discourses are heteronormativity and neoliberalism. Additionally, I illuminate the problems and solutions that GIH offer. Finally, I explore the subject positions and images of trans* students are given based on the dominant discourses.