chapter  11
16 Pages

Queer Theory 1 , 2

WithColleen A. Capper

This chapter discusses tenets associated with Queer Theory. It reviews the literature across education and educational leadership that relied on Queer Theory to identify key themes which authors referred to in their rendering of Queer Theory. These tenets include: homophobia and heterosexism are pervasive and normal; disrupt what is normal, against the binary, social construction, and unstableness of identities; pervasiveness and critique of heterosexuality; anti-queer bias embedded in law and policy; power is contested; resistance/liberationist goal; importance of language; and intersectionality. The chapter reviews the history of Queer Theory in the organizational studies literature, and considers hetero-organizational culture and structures and resistance and queerness in organizations. It also discusses Queer of Color theory. It describes the applications of Queer Theory to leadership, change, and decision-making. Queer Theory reveals the pervasiveness of heteronormativity historically, structurally, culturally, and systemically. Queer Theory makes visible the ways "heterosexuality becomes normalized as natural".