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Lynne Segal

In: The SAGE Handbook of Identities

Chapter 17: Genders: Deconstructed, Reconstructed, Still on the Move

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Genders: Deconstructed, Reconstructed, Still on the Move
Genders: Deconstructed, reconstructed, still on the move

If the study of identities is a key nodal point for interdisciplinary research in the social sciences and humanities, ‘gender’ remains a, if not the, pivotal point in the study of identities, with their continuously shifting frameworks, formations, sites and categories. Conversely, shifting understandings of the frameworks, formations, sites and categories of identity impact upon and become part of what constitutes our notions of gender, sex and sexuality, whether seen as our inescapable predicament, notions we would like to subvert or dispose of, incentives for voluntary self-fashioning. This is just one of the reasons why, as Dave Glover and Cora Kaplan note: ‘Gender is now one of the most restless terms in ...

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