Gender as multiplicity: Desire, displacement, difference and dispersion

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Show simple item record Linstead, S Pullen, A 2009-12-21T02:37:04Z 2006-01
dc.identifier.citation Human Relations, 2006, 59 (9), pp. 1287 - 1310
dc.identifier.issn 0018-7267
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract This article argues that although gender is no longer widely considered to be a property of individuals, the alternative of viewing it in terms of performativity, where it is the outcome of linguistic and social performances, unnecessarily limits the possibilities of thinking of gender as a form of multiplicity that is both internally and externally differentiated. Any attempt to move beyond binary thinking in gender relations initiates a consideration of multiplicity, and the way in which multiplicity is conceptualized exerts a critical influence on the possibilities that are opened up. This article interrogates existing understandings of multiplicity and finds three actual or possible types - multiplicities of the same, characteristic of feminist approaches which we critique through a reconceptualization of desire; multiplicities of the third, characterized by anthropological, transgender and queer theory approaches; and multiplicities of difference and dispersion, typified by the rhizomatics and fluid theorizing of Deleuze and Guattari, Grosz and Olkowski. We propose an ontology of gender as a creative and productive form of desire, realized as proliferation in Deleuze and Guattaris model of the rhizome. Gender identity is accordingly rethought as immanence, intensity and consistency.
dc.publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1177/0018726706069772
dc.title Gender as multiplicity: Desire, displacement, difference and dispersion
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Human Relations
dc.journal.volume 9
dc.journal.volume 59
dc.journal.number 9 en_US
dc.publocation London, UK en_US
dc.publocation Dublin, Ireland
dc.identifier.startpage 1287 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 1310 en_US BUS.School of Management en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.conference e-Society
dc.for 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
dc.personcode 998191
dc.percentage 100 en_US Organisation and Management Theory en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US 2006-07-13
dc.location.activity Dublin, Ireland
dc.description.keywords Deleuze; desire; gender; multiplicity; rhizome en_US
dc.description.keywords Deleuze
dc.description.keywords desire
dc.description.keywords gender
dc.description.keywords multiplicity
dc.description.keywords rhizome
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business/School of Management
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)

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