Transgender negotiations of precarity: contested spaces of higher education

Carl Bonner-Thompson, Graeme Mearns, Peter Hopkins

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We use feminist and queer theorisations of precarity as emotional and embodied to explore how trans people experience and negotiate university campus spaces in North East England. Through analysis of 15 interviews conducted with university students and staff, we highlight how precarity is lived and felt through an exploration of the ways in which different spaces of the campus become contexts of hope, comfort, and belonging, as well as anxiety, fear, and violence. We detail the specific ways in which university spaces can come to shape feelings of precariousness and how these are relational to experiences of being trans in the wider city. We conclude by highlighting what an emotional and felt approach to precarity can offer geographers interested in power, marginalisation, and place.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-239
Number of pages13
JournalThe Geographical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2021

Bibliographical note

This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Bonner‐Thompson, C., Mearns, G.W. and Hopkins, P. (2021), Transgender negotiations of precarity: contested spaces of higher education. The Geographical Journal, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.


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