Trans/gender sincerities: A dialogic analysis of four young people’s embodied subjectivities

Date created: 
2015-06-01
Identifier: 
etd9044
Keywords: 
Transgender
Young people
Dialogic theory
Intersectionality
Transfeminism
Sincerity
Abstract: 

This thesis combines dialogic theory, intersectionality, and transfeminism in an interpretive case study of how four young people make sense of and negotiate their trans/gender embodied subjectivities. Between January and August 2014, I gathered data using narrative, walking, and art-based interviews, and a focus group. Using dialogical data analysis, I construct three layers of argument that cumulatively contend trans/gender sincerities – subjective realities – are multi-voiced and emergent in dialogic relations with others. First, I interpret the multiple ways participants’ sense their embodied selves, and how they negotiate processes of (mis)gendering. Second, I analyze the contested meanings of trans and cis within participants’ utterances, emphasizing the transformative potential of espousing multiple trans/gender sincerities. Third, I conduct an intersectional analysis of class, race, settler colonialism, sexuality and gender, arguing that trans/gender sincerity is ‘not enough.’ Rather, it must coincide with a critique of how intersecting systems of power mutually constitute trans/gender embodied subjectivities.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Ann Travers
Department: 
Arts & Social Sciences:
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.A.
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