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Trans lives matter: representative bureaucracy and transgender people in Kerala


Narendran, R and Ng, ES and Almeida, S, Trans lives matter: representative bureaucracy and transgender people in Kerala, Proceedings of the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 5-9 August 2022, Seattle, Washington, USA ISSN 0065-0668 (2022) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2022.10206abstract


Transgender people are amongst the most stigmatised and marginalised members of society. Many continue to face state sanctioned discrimination. Kerala, India stands out in supporting and advancing transgender people through progressive politics by affording them fundamental human rights. We were interested in learning more about how the Communist government in Kerala, motivated by its ideology, support and improve the lives of transgender people. With this question in mind, we seek out to interview government officials and transgender women to deepen our understanding of how the government advances a socially marginalised group. Guided by public administration literature, we find transgender representation in government can improve the lives of the transgender community. The Kerala government took steps to first recognize transgender people and give them standing in society. The government also hired them and offered them economic and educational opportunities. Transgender people became self-sufficient and began serving others in the community. In this way, the Kerala government reengaged transgender people through citizenship, collective action, and civic participation. Our study highlights the central role representative bureaucracy play in improving and lifting marginalised citizens.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:India, transgender community, policy
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Entrepreneurship
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Gender and sexualities
UTAS Author:Narendran, R (Dr Roshni Narendran)
ID Code:150805
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2022-07-01
Last Modified:2022-09-06

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