Doing Identity Work with Transgendered Women

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Tienari, Janne Enroth, Pekka 2017-08-17T08:50:55Z 2017-08-17T08:50:55Z 2017
dc.description.abstract Gender, sexuality and identity in relation to individual freedom and equality go to the core of who we are, as well as shape our actions. By offering a glimpse into the identity work processes of two transgendered women, I hope to make visible some of the forces and mechanisms that influence all of us, regardless of our gender or status. The transgendered are a group of people who have long been excluded, diagnosed, defined and oppressed by our current gender system. By making my interviewees’ stories heard, I hope to contribute to change in the prevailing hetero normative and dichotomic gender system. This thesis is a narrative analysis on identity work and gender. In this thesis I aim at answering how the two transgendered women engage in identity work during our consecutive discussions. I also try to identify what the role of gender is during these discussions and in identity work. I have conducted this thesis by interviewing both women in two consecutive in-depth interviews that took place a little over a year apart. After each interview I constructed a narrative that focused on the interviewee’s working life experiences regarding her gender reassignment process and career. Later on, these narratives have worked as background against which I have reflected the identity work and the practice of narrating identity that took place during our meetings. The concept of identity is based on multiple, always changing and socially constructed identities brought forward in popular queer theory literature. I have also used queer theory as a guide in identifying gender related identity work regarding my interviewees. I use the popular identity work literature and my data to name the dominant elements that are present during identity work. I also present a framework for identity work that shows how the previous identity work episode and the micro-level context have an effect on both: narrative identity practice and identity work. In addition I show how gender was present as a subject that was referred to and discussed about and a force that was always looming in the background when we were having our identity discussions. This thesis adds to current identity work literature and queer theory. By making the gender related identity work visible, it helps us to grasp on and change current gendered practices and to undo gender. It also helps us to see and identify some of the forces that contribute to shaping our identities and action. en
dc.format.extent 88
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Doing Identity Work with Transgendered Women en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi Kauppakorkeakoulu fi School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Johtamisen laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword gender en
dc.subject.keyword identity work en
dc.subject.keyword doing gender en
dc.subject.keyword transgender en
dc.subject.keyword queer theory en
dc.subject.keyword narrative identity en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201708176638
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.programme Management and International Business (MIB) en
dc.subject.helecon johtaminen fi
dc.subject.helecon sukupuoli fi
dc.subject.helecon naiset fi
dc.subject.helecon identiteetti fi
dc.subject.helecon tarina fi
dc.subject.helecon yhteiskunta fi
dc.ethesisid 15085
dc.location P1 I fi

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