‘I, Robot?’ Or how transgender subjects are dehumanised

O'Shea, Saoirse (2018) ‘I, Robot?’ Or how transgender subjects are dehumanised. Culture and Organization. ISSN 1475-9551

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14759551.2018.1429440


In this essay, I focus on the earlier works of Judith Butler to discuss her understanding of gender theory and moreover do so in relation to people who are transgender. Transgender folk are important to Butler’s early work but I contend that her allegorical use of them does not do justice to their precarious lives. I relate my discussion to existing work in organisational studies concerned both with Butler and trans folk and argue that Butler’s concept of performativity should be (re)read alongside her other concerns with embodiment and universality to argue that, at least in relation to transgender folk, her work needs to be extended to consider issues of dysphoria in order to explain why some gender identities are refused and made abject.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transgender, transsexual, transphobia, cyborgs, androids and robots, Judith Butler, performativity and materialisation, dysphoria and embodiment
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2018 11:28
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:47
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/36081

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