On trans at high school: Bodies, discourses and gazes. Some reflections on the Costa Rican context





transgender, queer, high school, teachers , students


This paper develops an analysis of the discursive formations of teachers and high school students belonging to the Costa Rican educational system regarding to the presence of transgender people in school. In theoretical level, the article deals with the postulates of the queer theory, as a way to analyze the complexities involved in the construction of trans identity, without therefore ascribing to a univocal model of interpretation of gender and sexuality. In terms of methodology, the research that gives rise to the present text was approached from a qualitative standpoint. With regard to the field work, semi-structured interviews were conducted, and regarding the analysis of the information, a Foucaultian discursive analysis was carried out. The analysis shows that male-female sexual binarism and the fixity of gender roles continue to have a considerable impact on how the trans body is viewed in the school's biopolitical setting.


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Author Biography

Daniel Fernández Fernández, Universidad de Costa Rica

Psicólogo y Máster en Lingüística por la Universidad de Costa Rica. Actualmente Doctorando del Doctorado Latinoamericano en Educación, de la misma casa de estudios. Profesor asociado de la Escuela de Psicología de la Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR), en cursos de psicología clínica. Investigador del Instituto de Investigación en Educación (INIE-UCR). Docente de la carrera de Psicología de la Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica (UNA), en cursos de psicología social. Temas de investigación: diversidad sexual y funcional, uso de estrategias discursivas pragmáticas y el análisis crítico del discurso sexológico y psicopatológico.




How to Cite

Fernández, D. F. (2021). On trans at high school: Bodies, discourses and gazes. Some reflections on the Costa Rican context. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 29(August - December), 144. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.29.6025



Educational Inclusion of LGBT+ Youth in Latin America and the Caribbean