Pose: Deconstructing Fragility, Identity and Transphobia

Kennedy, Natacha. 2022. Pose: Deconstructing Fragility, Identity and Transphobia. Lambda Nordica, 27(3-4), pp. 76-101. ISSN 1100-2573 [Article]

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This paper sets out to theorise one possible origin of transphobia in relation to the current round of increasingly politically driven attacks on trans people’s human rights. To do this, it attempts – drawing on sections of the US television series Pose – to establish a new characterisation of the sociocultural and affective roots of transphobia. I argue that to understand some forms of transphobia, we need to conceptualise identification as a process rather than identity as a substantive and understand how this process leads to trans people exposing the fragilities in some cis people’s identities, producing an irrational transphobic hatred. The argument
developed here represents an attempt to deploy social activity method in a specifically queer sociological approach, creating a “deformance” of the data relating to identification processes and the implications and consequences of this analysis.

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Copyright (c) 2023 Natacha Kennedy

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transphobia, gender, anti-gender, trans, identity, Pose, transgender, fragility

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Educational Studies


31 December 2022Published

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25 Apr 2023 11:39

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