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Debbie Mayne's Trans/scripts: Performative Repertoires in Law and Everyday Life

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Complementing existing literatures on agency, I suggest a fuller engagement with the work of Judith Butler to emphasize the embodied practices of performative repertoires as a critical source of judgment and invention. Putting Butler into conversation with James Scott's concepts of public and hidden transcripts, this essay helps explain how subjects productively negotiate the discursive circuitries of their domination to make life more livable. To contextualize the argument, I analyze the actions of Debbie Mayne, a maleto- female transsexual, who prompted her own arrests to resist legal interpellations discordant with her own sense of self.
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Keywords: Agency; Law and Everyday Life; Performative Repertoires; Public and Hidden Transcripts; Transsexuals

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-09-01

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