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Jocelyn M. Boryczka, Elizabeth A. Petrino, Jeffrey P. von Arx, and Charles L. Currie

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233311

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823233311.001.0001

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De Certeau and “Making Do”: The Case of Gay Men and Lesbians on a Jesuit Campus

De Certeau and “Making Do”: The Case of Gay Men and Lesbians on a Jesuit Campus

(p.193) 11 De Certeau and “Making Do”: The Case of Gay Men and Lesbians on a Jesuit Campus
Jesuit and Feminist Education

David Gudelunas

Fordham University Press

This chapter reflects on the writings of French Jesuit scholar Michel de Certeau, an extremely influential cultural anthropologist of the twentieth century, whose dense and fascinating writings shed light on what more modern scholars might simply label “coping strategies.” Central in de Certeau's work is his discussion of “strategies” and “tactics,” whereby he links strategies with institutions and structures of power, while tactics are utilized by individuals to create space for themselves in environments defined by strategies. The chapter explores the relevance of this theoretical framework of “everyday life” to understanding the contemporary position of feminists as well as gay men and lesbians who are creating space for their own communities within the structure of a Jesuit university. In particular, it explores how one group of students at a Jesuit university created a policy report as a tactical measure to document and make recommendations on how to best make life for gay men and lesbians on a Jesuit campus more welcoming.

Keywords:   Michel de Certeau, coping strategies, gay men, lesbians, feminists, Jesuit university

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