Becoming: Discourses of trans emergence, epiphanies and oppositions

Kennedy, Natacha. 2019. Becoming: Discourses of trans emergence, epiphanies and oppositions. In: Ruth Pearce; Igi Moon; Kat Gupta and Deborah Lynn Steinberg, eds. The Emergence of Trans: Cultures, Politics and Everyday Lives. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 46-59. ISBN 9781138504103 [Book Section]

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Abstract or Description

One of the key experiences for most trans people is epiphany; coming to understand oneself as transgender. By examining data from a small-scale, in-depth qualitative study in relation to this experience, this chapter presents a constructive description of the cultural obstacles that make epiphanies necessary. These appear to have changed in recent years as the public consciousness has become more aware of trans people’s lives. Cultural oppositions to trans people’s existence have, as a consequence, shifted from the tacit/implicit to the overt/explicit and potentially represent a signifier of trans emergence.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Emergence of Trans: Cultures, Politics and Everyday Lives on 16 July 2019, available online:


Emergence, Trans, epiphanies, becoming, identification, erasure, delegitimization

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Educational Studies > Centre for Identities and Social Justice


19 January 2019Accepted
16 July 2019Published

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19 Jul 2019 13:16

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10 Jun 2021 01:55


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