Regulatory Spaces

Denise Tse-Shang Tang

in Conditional Spaces

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083015
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209855 | DOI:
Regulatory Spaces

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Certain spaces are often identified as of a predominantly regulatory and surveillance nature. Named commonly among informants, these everyday spaces include religious institutions, schools, and workplaces. This chapter chooses everyday spaces, such as churches, schools, and workplaces, because of their structures as established cultural institutions with both covert and overt rules, as sites with social relations and hierarchies, and as spaces full of “subjective senses and material realities” (Taylor 2007, 63). Facing homophobia and transphobia, informants in this study constructed and staged various interventions into these institutional spaces, often operating under a regulatory schema of heteronormativity. Living within and through these spatial mappings, they imagine possibilities for gender expression and express sexual desires, despite facing punishable consequences, directly or indirectly.

Keywords: religious institutions; schools; workplaces; homophobia; transphobia; heteronormativity

Chapter.  10890 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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