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Transgendering Mother's Day: Blogging as citizens' media, reproductive rights and intimate citizenship
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology. (Historiska studier)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7764-6326
2013 (English)In: Citizenship Studies, ISSN 1362-1025, E-ISSN 1469-3593, Vol. 17, no 8, 928-941 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Citizenship is fast emerging as a central concern for transgender politics. This article approaches the topic of transgender citizenship by investigating empirically how the practice of blogging has served as a way of claiming, or practicing, intimate citizenship for transgendered people. Theorization of intimate citizenship helps us to further our understanding of the ways in which our most private decisions and practices are inextricably linked with public institutions, law and state policies. Significantly, this development is also tied up with other characteristically late modern technological advancements, ranging from new reproductive technologies to new Information and Communication Technologies. In the case of transgender politics, such interlacings become particularly perspicacious, not only due to modern discourses concerning diagnosis and treatment, but also because the presence of social media resources affords new possibilities for the sharing of personal and political narratives about ‘being transgendered’. In this article, I investigate an event in the Swedish blogosphere, namely the way in which the national celebration of Swedish Mother's Day became a site for the contestation of the current limitations of the reproductive legal rights for transgendered people, providing an opening for a more general debate on transgender reproductive rights.

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2013. Vol. 17, no 8, 928-941 p.
Keyword [en]
transgender, intimate citizenship, reproductive citizenship, citizens' media, alternative media, blogs, blogging
Keyword [sv]
intimt medborgarskap, reproduktivt medborgarskap, reproduktiva rättigheter, medborgarmedier, alternativa medier, bloggar, bloggande
National Category
Ethnology Cultural Studies Social Sciences Media and Communications Sociology
Research subject
Historical Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-20932DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.851143ISI: 000328600800003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84890693624OAI: diva2:681792
Available from: 2013-12-20 Created: 2013-12-20 Last updated: 2016-10-06Bibliographically approved

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