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‘I Feel You Should Eat Shit’: Picturing the Agency of the Misfit Self in the Workplace

  • Ting-Fang Chin
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Part of the Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia book series (GSCA)

Abstract

In Chap.  5 I examine my participants’ accounts with an enquiry into the mobilisation of agency and the construction of the social self. The examination is presented in two parts. I start with a discussion of my approach to theorising the social self. Through a reflexive reading of the work of G. H. Mead (Mind, Self and Society from the Standpoint of a Social Behaviorist, University of Chicago, 1934), my own understanding of ‘the self’ as a conceptual tool in the context of Taiwan is proposed. In the second half of this chapter, the focus is on the construction of the social self in the process of negotiating gender. I examine the emerging social self in some of my participants’ accounts and argue that, while their adopted strategies may vary, there is one common element in their narratives: a constructed misfit self. I point out that the realisation and construction of this misfit self may play an important part in the mobilisation of agency and may, therefore, make negotiation possible.

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  • Ting-Fang Chin
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  1. 1.University of YorkYorkUK

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