Despite the general consensus among scholars that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and others (LGBTQþ) movement in Western societies has made significant progress along a number social, political, and legal dimensions in a relatively short amount of time, several scholars have also noted that the status of LGBTQþ people in society remains contentious. This contentiousness is easily observable in a number of public administration and public policy issues, including transgender-related bathroom use policies, employment segregation and discrimination among lesbian and gay male workers, and LGBTQþ youth homelessness, mental health, and well-being.
Although observable, the origins and development of such issues lack sufficient theoretical grounding and analysis to be fully understood and contextualized. Several scholars have started the conversation, including Udani (2008), Gaynor (2014), and Blessett, Gaynor, Witt, and Alkadry (2016), all of whom offer insights on the effects and consequences of majority or dominant narratives on other populations. For example, Udani (2008) applies Judith Butler’s idea of “anonymous others” to public administrators to argue for more egalitarian levels of public service provision. Gaynor (2014) uses content and discourse analyses to better understand “othering” discourse and to reveal how disadvantage is embedded within our existing public institutions, systems, and policies. Finally, Blessett et al. (2016) make the case for the inclusion of counternarratives in public administration curricula to improve the cultural competency of future administrators.
This special issue seeks articles from the diverse landscape of theory and practice that enhance our understanding of issues and topics related specifically to gender identity and
expression, and sexual orientation (LGBTQþ) in the administrative context. Potential concepts, ideas, and themes include, but are certainly not limited to:
- Social justice, fairness, and equality—examining and critiquing existing public policies; theoretical foundations for othering in the LGBTQ community; utopian visions of an open, embracing society; federalism and its influence on LGBTQ+ policies and practices.
- LGBTQ+ inclusive intersectionality—the implications of intersectionality for administrative theory and praxis; the limits of representative bureaucracy; visions of intersectional policy and practice.
- Implicit bias and second-generation gender bias—the role of implicit bias in our administrative institutions and nonprofit organizations.
- Sex segregation and public spaces—being openly LGBTQ+ in public and its consequences; gender-neutral restrooms; transgender policies; incarceration rates and homeless rates for LGBTQþ individuals; theorizing public space and what it means to live as a marginalized individual; issues of harassment, discrimination, and bullying.
- Administrative data collection and discretion—bureaucratic control versus street-level autonomy in service delivery; specialized nonprofits that serve LGBTQ+ communities; data collection on gender and orientation; workplace discrimination.
We welcome broad contributions from a wide array of angles and disciplines. Please submit abstracts for consideration to guest editor Dr. Roddrick Colvin by December 1, 2017. Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and include author contact information, proposed title, and a brief description of the project. Authors will be notified of decision to participate by January 15, 2018. Full manuscripts will be due April 30, 2018, to the journal's Editorial Manager portal. Invitation to participate does not guarantee publication.
Administrative Theory and Praxis (ATP), the journal of the Public Administration Theory Network, is a peer-reviewed international journal published by Routledge–Taylor & Francis. ATP is unique among journals in public administration for the range and variety of perspectives it publishes. The journal balances a broad chronological coverage with a wide geographical spread of articles featuring contributions from theory-based social, political, cultural, and other areas of academic interest.
As the journal serves as a focal point for academicians, professionals, graduate and undergraduate students, fellows, and associates pursuing research throughout the world, it welcomes contributions drawn from all fields of political science, public administration, criminal justice, sociology, philosophy, and other academic disciplines.
Blessett, B., Gaynor, T. S., Witt, M., & Alkadry, M. G. (2016). Counternarratives as critical perspectives in public administration curricula. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 38(4), 267–284. doi:10.1080/10841806.2016.1239397.
Gaynor, T. S. (2014). Vampires suck: Parallel narratives in the marginalization of the other. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 36(3), 348–372. doi:10.2753/atp1084-1806360305.
Udani, A. (2008). When anonymity is revealed and otherness becomes privileged: The marginalization of immigrant women. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 30(2), 253–258. doi:10.1080/10841806.2008.11029640
- Guest Editor: Roddrick Colvin (firstname.lastname@example.org)