Synopses & Reviews
In Self-Made Men, Henry Rubin explores the production of male identities in the lives of twenty-two FTM transsexuals--people who have changed their sex from female to male. The author relates the compelling personal narratives of his subjects to the historical emergence of FTM as an identity category.
Henry Rubin has written a fascinating, vivid, and intellectually important book. This is the best contribution in years to the understanding of 'transsexuals' and gender transitions. Rubin combines contemporary life-history interviews, historical documents, and several schools of theory to create a strikingly original interpretation of the nature and history of transgender identities. Written with clarity and passion, this is a book that should be read (and will be enjoyed) by everyone who wants to understand contemporary gender issues.
--R. W. Connell
. . . readers of Self-Made Men
will gain a thorough understanding of many of the theoretical challenges surrounding transsexual identity, embodiment, and politics.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-205) and index.
About the Author
Henry Rubin is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tufts University.