Gender as multiplicity: Desire, displacement, difference and dispersion

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dc.contributor.author Linstead, Stephen en_US
dc.contributor.author Pullen, Alison en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-21T02:37:04Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-21T02:37:04Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.identifier 2006004673 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Linstead Stephen and Pullen Alison 2006, 'Gender as multiplicity: Desire, displacement, difference and dispersion', Sage Publications Ltd., vol. 59, no. 9, pp. 1287-1310. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0018-7267 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/5159
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 Guattari?s model of the rhizome. Gender identity is accordingly rethought as immanence, intensity and consistency. en_US
dc.publisher Sage Publications Ltd. en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018726706069772 en_US
dc.title Gender as multiplicity: Desire, displacement, difference and dispersion en_US
dc.parent Human Relations en_US
dc.journal.volume 59 en_US
dc.journal.number 9 en_US
dc.publocation London, UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1287 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 1310 en_US
dc.cauo.name BUS.School of Management en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 150310 en_US
dc.personcode 0000025240 en_US
dc.personcode 998191 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Organisation and Management Theory en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.description.keywords Deleuze; desire; gender; multiplicity; rhizome en_US
dc.staffid 998191 en_US


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