Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

(de)positioning the (hetero)normative model of identity: A metatheoretical analysis of trans*/gender non-conforming standpoint epistemology experiences and the (trans)formation of social consciousness
by Cricchio, Axil, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2016, 141; 10117916
Abstract (Summary)

This transdisciplinary inquiry is about (de)positioning the (hetero)normative model of identity and facilitating systemic equity for the trans*/gender non-conforming community. The purpose of this research is to explore how the positioning of a heteronormative model of identity is socially and culturally constructed and positioned as normative and can be depositioned by a transformation of social consciousness regarding sexual and gender identity formation.

This dissertation examines some of the theories that have shaped the U. S. based social and cultural formations of gender and sexual identity, created and evolved U.S. social movements of politics and identity, and shaped the U.S. systemic language used to create categories of gender and sexual identities. The goals of this dissertation are to (1) understand and demonstrate the positioning of social norms regarding sexuality, gender identity, and gender expression, and; (2) employ this understanding in order to suggest and facilitate a framework for the transformation of social consciousness.

Through these processes, I analyze feminist theory, queer theory, communication theory, and systems theory by bracketing, bridging, and creating transitions zones to develop a metatheory that I call trans*/gender non-conforming standpoint epistemology of identity formation.

The implications of this study are to locate the nexus of normative social identities and those correlations to systemic equity. Further implications include an impetus of the transformation of social consciousness regarding all gender and sexual identity formation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Raffanti, Michael
Commitee: Currah, Paisley, Wells, Jennifer
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Transformative Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 77/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Gender studies
Keywords: Communication theory, Feminist theory, Queer theory, Standpoint epistemology, Systems theory, Trans*/gender non-conforming
Publication Number: 10117916
ISBN: 9781339792873
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