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Mapping policy understandings of gender & sexuality: preliminary review

Katrina Pritchard Orcid Logo, Helen Williams Orcid Logo, Alice Elworthy

Swansea University Authors: Katrina Pritchard Orcid Logo, Helen Williams Orcid Logo, Alice Elworthy

DOI (Published version): 10.23889/sureport.63677

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As part of the wider Breaking Binaries Research (BBR) programme, in this project we aim to map understandings of gender and sexuality diversity across various government policy documents within the UK. We focus on the implications of these understandings for entrepreneurs and small businesses in rel...

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Published: Swansea University School of Management, Swansea University 2023
Online Access: http://dx.doi.org/10.23889/sureport.63677
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa63677
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Abstract: As part of the wider Breaking Binaries Research (BBR) programme, in this project we aim to map understandings of gender and sexuality diversity across various government policy documents within the UK. We focus on the implications of these understandings for entrepreneurs and small businesses in relation to how diversity is constructed by policy makers. Policy documents provide a visual and written summary with varying focus ranging from statements, directives, advisories and guidance, plans and reviews. Such policies represent a political ideological articulation of how prevailing values intersect with understandings of diverse identities (Ahl & Marlow, 2021). We define gender and sexuality diversity as including all those who self-identify as not conforming to binary identities and/or bodies, and those who identify in various, and sometimes multiple, ways as part of LGBTQIA+ communities. Policy makers labelling of these identities, especially the use of pre-given categories, is problematic (Guyan, 2022) but little is known about the use of different terms and associated understandings. Our initial focus is therefore a mapping exercise to explore both visual and textual data to shed light on policy understandings of these aspects of diversity.
Item Description: BBR Report 2301v1, June 2023.Breaking Binaries Research (BBR) programme.Citation: Pritchard K, Williams HC & Elworthy AS (2023). Mapping policy understandings of gender and sexuality: preliminary review. BBR Report 2301v1 https://breakingbinariesresearch.wordpress.com/
Keywords: Gender, sexuality, diversity, government policy, UK
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Funders: This research was part-funded by ISBE (The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) RAKE Knowledge Exchange fund (RAKE2022-01) and part-funded by Swansea University.