Parents’ (Trans)Gender Trouble:An Irresolute Heterotopia of Onto-Affective Labour

Cronshaw, Cronan (2021) Parents’ (Trans)Gender Trouble:An Irresolute Heterotopia of Onto-Affective Labour. PhD thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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In the age of puberty suppression and social media, how do UK parents negotiate the intricacies of gender healthcare, and address their children’s needs and desires? This thesis attends to a gap in scholarship relating to online trans/-critical activism of parents, and the provision of Internet-based gender healthcare services, whilst adopting a post-qualitative STS-inspired approach to provide a novel reframing of polarised and reductive debate around the figure of the trans child. Working with a diverse archive of materials, the thesis is structured to simultaneously mimic and subvert a linear ‘transition’ narrative. Notions of bounded personhood are demonstratively queered through the fricative fusion of research participants’ accounts, which feature in a series of vignettes, including a mise en abyme, television script and agony aunt column. Interviews with UK parents, parent-authored blogs, webpages of trans medical service providers, and written material from support organisations, are handled with a poststructuralist sensibility, eschewing accuracy, representation, and coding in favour of novelty, interference, and diffraction. Contributing to trans studies, feminist theory, and the social study of science, technology and medicine, I aim to open up questions of care, responsibility and blame, whilst providing new ways to theorise and understand the complexities that parents of trans children currently face.

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