“The interpersonal is political”: Understanding the sociological ambivalence created in parent and adult offspring cohabiting relationships

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Halliwell, Sherree and Ackers, George Karl. 2022. "“The interpersonal is political”: Understanding the sociological ambivalence created in parent and adult offspring cohabiting relationships." Family Relations. 71 (3), pp. 1247-1265. https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12627
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“The interpersonal is political”: Understanding the sociological ambivalence created in parent and adult offspring cohabiting relationships

ERA Journal ID6014
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsHalliwell, Sherree and Ackers, George Karl
Journal TitleFamily Relations
Journal Citation71 (3), pp. 1247-1265
Number of Pages19
Year2022
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN0197-6664
1741-3729
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12627
Web Address (URL)https://anthrosource.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/etho.12343
Abstract

This case study provides a critical discourse analysis of 121 letters of complaint and self-advocacy authored by Natasha Keating, a trans woman incarcerated in two Australian male correctional facilities from 2000 to 2007. During her incarceration, Natasha experienced victimization, misgendering, microaggression, and institutional discrimination. Despite this, Natasha embodied and “fought” against the injustices she experienced, whilst seeking to speak for other trans incarcerated persons also silenced and treated with indifference, contributing to changes in the carceral system. This original case study analyzes the discursive strategies Natasha employed to construct and reclaim an affirming self-identity through a deliberate campaign to effect social change and policy concessions within a system designed to curtail self-determination. Through her empathic and impassioned letter-writing approach, leveraging a military metaphor, this novel analysis showcases the significant implications her activism/agentism and determination had in naming and seeking to dismantle the systems of oppression trans incarcerated women experience.

Keywordscohabitation; intergenerational ambivalence; family; ethnography; emerging adulthood
ANZSRC Field of Research 20204499. Other human society
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Humanities and Communication
University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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