Queering Mathematics: Disrupting Binary Oppositions in Mathematics Pre-service Teacher Education

Cathery Yeh, Laurie Rubel

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Borders - territorial, political, economic, and ideological - are processes of social division. They monitor and exclude and are typically regulated, patrolled, maintained, and defended by an array of power regimes, but borderlands are also sites of movement, agency, and resistance. We draw on Thomas Nail’s and Gloria Anzaldúa’s theories about borders to elaborate on processes of social division around gender and sexuality in mathematics education. The goal in this chapter is to recognize and challenge salient borders around gender, sexuality, and other identity categories in mathematics education and to work toward opportunities for hybridity created by these borders and in the blurring or queering of them. We provide a review of literature documenting the extent to which sexist and heterosexist ideologies patrol, reinforce, and perpetuate borders in mathematics that often marginalize women and queer people. We conclude the chapter with recommendations around how to blur borders around gender and sexuality in mathematics pre-service teacher education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBorders in Mathematics Pre-Service Teacher Education
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030442927
ISBN (Print)9783030442910
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

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  • Educational equity
  • Gender
  • Mathematics education
  • Queer theory
  • Schools
  • Sexuality
  • Social justice
  • Teacher education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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