• How do you wish to be cited? Citation practices and a scholarly community of care in trans studies research articles

    Mary Ann Saunders, Katja Thieme (see profile)
    Rhetoric and composition, Pragmatics, Applied linguistics, Writing in the disciplines, Writing studies, Academic writing, Technical communication
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    rhetorical analysis, citation, trans studies
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    Trans rights advocacy is a social justice movement that is transforming language practices relating to gender. Research has highlighted the fact that language which constructs gender as binary harms trans people, and some trans studies researchers have developed guidelines for honouring trans people’s names and pronouns. The language of academic writing is an area of discussion where questions of trans rights and trans experiences have not yet been addressed. This paper draws on two data sources to explore the citation experiences and practices of trans scholars and activists: a web-based archive of writers’ perspectives built between 2015 and 2016; and a corpus-based study of 14 research ar- ticles published in TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. Our analysis highlights the sensi- tivity that is required of colleagues who work with transgender authors’ writing, furthering our understanding of citation as a collaborative and potentially intimate and caring practice. Practices of referring to work by trans scholars pose ethical questions about the social relations expressed in citation in general, enabling applied language scholars to develop a new and different awareness of the sociality of citation.
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