Trans self-identification and the language of neoliberal selfhood: Agency, power, and the limits of monologic discourse

  title={Trans self-identification and the language of neoliberal selfhood: Agency, power, and the limits of monologic discourse},
  author={Lal Zimman},
  journal={International Journal of the Sociology of Language},
  pages={147 - 175}
  • Lal Zimman
  • Published 25 February 2019
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of the Sociology of Language
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