This girl’s life: An autoethnography

O'Shea, Saoirse (2018) This girl’s life: An autoethnography. Organization, 25 (1). pp. 3-20. ISSN 1350-5084

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This essay seeks to add to a growing awareness of transgender lives and narratives in management and organisational studies. It presents an often visceral and emotive autoethnographical account of the experience of being a non-binary transsexual in the United Kingdom to question whether it is possible to think gender without invoking the heterosexual matrix and being held to account by it. It also asks what may need to be done so that the abject and marginalised in society may have liveable lives rather than an otherwise unliveable life resulting from that matrix. It argues that transgender is often conflated in management research theoretically as queer or queer’s evil twin where the latter concept reduces trans lives to rigid, polarised positions in the matrix and stereotypes. The essay concludes by asking an open question, how we may organise so as to make lives liveable?

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autoethnography, non-binary, queer, queer’s evil twin, the heterosexual matrix, transgender, transsexual
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2018 11:35
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 21:48

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