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What Gender Is, What Gender Does

Judith Roof


Genders are dynamics, persistent sets of operations that link individual desires to multiple, shifting manifestations of socio-cultural positioning and self-presentation. These include narratives of cultural and familial roles, sexual desires, economic and political interpellations, peer mimeticism, imaginaries of identity and the body, and occasional performances. Genders’ operations are conscious and unconscious, simultaneously conventional and idiosyncratic.

Keywords: gender, sexual difference, systems, regimes, multiplicity, chatoyant, sexuation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780816698578
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816698578.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith Roof, author
Rice University