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If we practice posthumanist research, do we need 'gender' any longer?
Univ Trento, Dept Sociol & Social Res, Via Verdi 26, Trento, Italy..ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7026-2418
2019 (English)In: Gender, Work and Organization, ISSN 0968-6673, E-ISSN 1468-0432, Vol. 26, no 1, p. 40-53Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article offers a reflection around the question of 'do we need 'gender' any longer?' In taking up this problem and inspired by the way in which postqualitative inquiry has opened a conversation with Deleuzian philosophy and formulated a 'concept as/instead of method' line of thought, I wonder whether new images of thought might give the concept of gender 'the forces it needs to return to life' or the forces to abandon it. I propose four different images that might provoke the desire to experiment with a new image of thought in relation to the problem: a vegetal mode of thought, a musical mode, a fleshy mode as labiaplasty, a nonliving mode. This choice is connected to the dualities they target: the human/vegetal living world, the rational/artistic production of knowledge, the dis-embodied/corporeal being in the world, the life/nonlife hierarchization. Each way of thinking of 'gender' stages, enacts, performs a different material reality of the concept that shifts the focus from linguistic representations to discursive practices. Hence, if gender has become a dominant discourse, it may be that positive repetition of this discourse might become a way of opening a new site inside it, by de-territorializing it and re-territorializing it otherwise.

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WILEY , 2019. Vol. 26, no 1, p. 40-53
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concept-as-method, groping experimentation, mode of thought, post-qualitative methodologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-51903DOI: 10.1111/gwao.12328ISI: 000456617400005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85060472750OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-51903DiVA, id: diva2:1484074
Available from: 2020-10-27 Created: 2020-10-27 Last updated: 2020-10-27Bibliographically approved

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