Interrogating trans and sexual identities through the conceptual lens of translocational positionality

Rogers, MM ORCID: and Ahmed, A ORCID: 2017, 'Interrogating trans and sexual identities through the conceptual lens of translocational positionality' , Sociological Research Online, 22 (1) , pp. 1-14.

PDF - Accepted Version
Download (410kB) | Preview
[img] Microsoft Word - Accepted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (71kB) | Request a copy


This article explores the confluence of trans identity and sexuality drawing on the concept of translocational positionality. In this discussion, a broad spectrum of gendered positionalities incorporates trans identity which, in turn, acknowledges normative male and female identities as well as non-binary ones. It is also recognised, however, that trans identity overlaps with other positionalities (pertaining to sexuality, for example) to shape social location. In seeking to understand subject positions, a translocational lens acknowledges the contextuality and temporality of social categories to offer an analysis which recognises the overlaps and differentials of co-existing positionalities. This approach enables an analysis which explores how macro, or structural, contexts shape agency (at the micro-level) and also how both are mediated by trans people's multiple and shifting positionalities. In this framing, positionality represents a meso layer between structure and agency. Four case studies are presented using data from a qualitative study which explored trans people's experiences of family, intimacy and domestic abuse. We offer an original contribution to the emerging knowledge-base on trans sexuality by presenting data from four case studies. We do so whilst innovatively applying the conceptual lens of translocational positionality to an analysis which considers macro, meso and micro levels of influence.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Sociological Research Online
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1360-7804
Related URLs:
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: MM Rogers
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2017 08:58
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 21:36

Actions (login required)

Edit record (repository staff only) Edit record (repository staff only)


Downloads per month over past year