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Invisible Lives: The Erasure of Transsexual and Transgendered People

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Invisible Lives is the first scholarly study of transgendered people-cross-dressers, drag queens, and transsexuals-and their everyday lives. Through combined theoretical and empirical study, Viviane K. Namaste argues that transgendered people are not so much produced by medicine or psychiatry as they are erased, or made invisible, in a variety of institutional and cultural settings.

Namaste begins her work by analyzing two theoretical perspectives on transgendered people-queer theory and the social sciences-displaying how neither of these has adequately addressed the issues most relevant to sex change: everything from employment to health care to identity papers. Namaste then examines some of the rhetorical and semiotic inscriptions of transgendered figures in culture, including studies of early punk and glam rock subcultures, to illustrate how the effacement of transgendered people is organized in different cultural sites. Invisible Lives concludes with new research on some of the day-to-day concerns of transgendered people, offering case studies in violence, health care, gender identity clinics, and the law.

About the Author

Viviane K. Namaste has a Ph.D. in semiotics from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She coordinates a community-based transsexual health care project of CACTUS- Montréal, and is involved with different advisory committees and research initiatives related to prisons, transsexual health, HIV, prostitution, and harm reduction.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

I. Theory

1. "Tragic Misreadings": Queer Theory's Erasure of Transgender Subjectivity

2. Theory Trouble: Social Scientific Research and Transgendered People

3. Beyond Texualist and Objectivist Theory: Toward a Reflective Poststructuralist Sociology

II. Culture

4. "A Gang of Trannies": Gendered Discourse and Punk Culture

5. Gendered Nationalisms and Nationalized Genders: The Use of Metaphor in Mass Culture and U.S. Transsexual Activism

III. Research

6. Genderbashing: Sexuality, Gender, and the Regulation of Public Space

7. Access Denied: The Experiences of Transsexuals and Transgendered People with Health Care and Social Services in Toronto, Ontario

8. Clinical Research or Community Health?

Transsexual Perceptions of Gender Identity Clinics

9. The Administration of Erasure

The Bureaucracy of Legal Sex, a Vicious Circle of Administration, and HIV/AIDS in Quebec

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226568102
Author:
Namaste, Viviane K.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Namaste, Viviane
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Marginality, Social
Subject:
Female impersonators
Subject:
Transsexuals
Subject:
Transvestites
Subject:
Transgender people - Canada
Subject:
Transsexuals - Canada
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
104-253
Publication Date:
20001231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 maps
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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