Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation
Recently, there has been a notable rise in the number of people coming out as nonbinary. While attracting significant media interest, non-binary gender is an under researched area within transgender studies and little is known about how these identities are being lived in everyday life. To address this gap, this paper reports on a qualitative research project exploring experiences of non-binary gender identities, drawing on on-line blogs and forums. The paper discusses academic debates concerning ‘doing, undoing and redoing’ gender and evaluates both the challenges and usefulness of this framework in the context of research on nonbinary gender. Drawing on on-line data, the paper foregrounds the need for an interactive and agentic approach, and highlights how a range of identity management techniques are employed by non-binary people in order to create liveable and intelligible living spaces, and engage in social activism. The paper argues that at the level of the everyday, non-binary people move in and out of all three social processes involved in ‘doing, undoing and redoing’ gender, rather than just one, and proposes that attention to how gender is also being ‘remade’ is now fully considered .