Stories of non-becoming: non-issues, non-events and non-identities in asexual lives

Scott, Susie, McDonnell, Elizabeth and Dawson, Matt (2016) Stories of non-becoming: non-issues, non-events and non-identities in asexual lives. Symbolic Interaction, 39 (2). pp. 268-286. ISSN 0195-6086

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In contrast to conventional models of positively “becoming” an identity through social interaction, this article explores the inverse, negational process of “non-becoming,” whereby actors start but do not continue along an identity career trajectory. Through cumulative attrition, interactions and encounters at key moments create an overall pattern of non-progression. Using asexuality as an example, we identify three main trajectory stages of non-awareness, communicative negation and non-consolidation, each involving interactional contingencies. With a wider applicability to other repudiated identities, this model shows how even negational symbolic social objects (non-issues, non-events, and non-identities) are constituted through social interaction.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: asexuality; identity; non-becoming; career trajectory
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
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Depositing User: Susie Scott
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2016 09:31
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2017 18:30

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