Trans temporalities and non-linear ageing

Pearce, R. (2018) Trans temporalities and non-linear ageing. In: King, A., Almack, K., Suen, Y.-T. and Westwood, S. (eds.) Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People: Minding the Knowledge Gaps. Routledge: London ; New York, pp. 61-74. ISBN 9781138644939 (doi: 10.4324/9781315628462-5)

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This chapter explores the consequences of trans temporalities for ageing. It shows how queer and trans temporalities can significantly shape experiences of age and ageing, in ways that frequently depart from normative, linear and 'straight' understandings of time. L. Horak describes hormone time as a temporality that offers an alternative, liberated form of linearity, one that is importantly different but comparable to straight time. J. Carter highlights the potential non-linearity of social and bodily change through his account of 'transitional time', which describes how the trans body may carry traces of a differently gendered past and/or anticipate a differently gendered. Trans individuals who come out or transition later in life may have specific desires, or experiences of uncertainty and experimentation, more typically associated with adolescence. A key element of trans community discourse identified during the 'Understanding Trans Health' project was that of anticipation: mediated through trans people's experience as a liminal or transitional space.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pearce, Dr Ruth
Authors: Pearce, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Published Online:24 September 2018

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