par Aguirre-Sánchez-Beato, Sara
Référence POWS (Psychology of Women Section) Annual Conference - British Psychological Society (12-15 juillet 2017: Windsor)
Publication Non publié, 2017-07-14
Communication à un colloque
Résumé : Purpose: To identify gender and sexuality constructions in the workplace and the implications for the inclusion/exclusion of transgender people. Background: This paper is part of a broader research project on employment discrimination against transgender people in Belgium. Despite positive developments in documenting this type of discrimination, few empirical studies deal with explaining how and why it occurs (Riggs, 2014). This empirical study addresses discursive constructions in a setting – the workplace - that is usually assumed to be gender-neutral and devoid of sexuality (Vila Núñez, 2012). Method: Five group discussions have been carried out with co-workers from different organisations in Brussels. Discussions were audio taped and transcribed. The analysis has been carried out from a rhetorical (Billig 1988, Billig, 1991) and discursive social psychology approach (Potter & Wetherell, 1987, Wetherell & Potter, 1992), through the identification of rhetorical figures and interpretative repertoires.Conclusion: Contradictory interpretative repertoires have been identified in relation to conceptualisations of gender and sexuality in the workplace, creating a distinction between ‘valuable diversity’ and ‘unacceptable difference’. The contrasting interpretative repertoires express an adherence to (gender) equality principles while at the same time maintain hegemonic views on gender and sexuality that construct ‘visible’ transgender workers as undesirable.