A New Paradigm in Social Work Research: It’s Here, It’s Queer, Get Used to It!

  • Dirk H. de Jong Siena College
Keywords: Queer theory, qualitative research, orientational research, research methodology, identity


This article recounts the development of a qualitative study regarding the response of school social workers to gender-variant students. Specifically, it discusses the use of a Queer theoretical framework, still quite rare in social work research, and its implications for research design and methodology. In conclusion, it suggests the relevance of Queer theory in exploring issues related to flexible and non-normative forms of identity, and in describing “difference” as positive.

Author Biography

Dirk H. de Jong, Siena College
Assistant Professor, Social Work Department