Living a Feminist Life
Being in Question
This chapter explores diversity work in another sense: the work you do when you do not quite inhabit the norms of an organization. It begins by reflecting on how some become suspicious or questionable, often by being asked, “Where are you from?,” which is how some bodies become strangers, or bodies out of place. To be in question is also to be held up. The chapter explores how questions fall on some and not others before considering how organizations can render some subjects and not others into question. The chapter explores institutional passing as one way of dealing with questions before reflecting on how being in question can be turned around as a way of questioning being.