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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Abstract

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.

Item Type:
Thesis (PhD)
ID Code:
156091
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Deposited On:
14 Jun 2021 09:20
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No
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21 Oct 2021 23:48