chapter  13
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Fluid identities and ungendering the future

This passage illustrates for us the problem of knowing the other, what motivates the binary divisions between self and other and the crossing between them. The phenomenological consciousness is always a transitive consciousness-it takes an object and reaches out to it. In so doing it discovers itself in reflexivity. From this understanding in this chapter we develop a notion of gender as always constituted in relation to both boundaries and movement, because boundaries are always in need of construction, reconstruction and maintenance, and are always vulnerable to breach. With specific reference to organisation and organising processes, we draw on the work of Deleuze and Guattari to argue that gender is a plane of immanence, intensity and consistency in that it always and constantly shifts and realigns. Understood in terms of an ontology of process and desire as proliferation, it may be seen as itself a productive force of becoming rather than an outcome of social practice and construction.