Exploring posthuman subjectivities: a case study of LGBTQ Asian and Pacific American identified activists

University essay from Lunds universitet/Graduate School; Lunds universitet/Master of Science in Social Studies of Gender; Lunds universitet/Sociologi

Abstract: This research has explored the intersection between the subject, activism, and posthuman theory, setting out to investigate whether posthuman theoretical understandings can be applied to contemporaneous subjects. Using NVivo software, a qualitative data analysis is conducted into 17 autobiographical texts taken from the anthology Restoried Selves (Kumashiro 2011). This analysis finds that these subjects do not seem to explicitly understand themselves in posthuman terms, and indeed in many cases replicate humanist understandings of the self, but that in some ways, a posthuman framing can implicitly be attributed to these subjects and their activism.

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