Invisible Lives: The Erasure of Transsexual and Transgendered People

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University of Chicago Press, Dec 15, 2000 - Social Science - 340 pages
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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.
  

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Invisible lives: the erasure of transsexual and transgendered people

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The author, a transsexual/transgendered (TS/TG) health services coordinator based in Montreal, has broken new ground with one of the first sociological studies of the TS/TG community. Disdaining the ... Read full review

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seminal book on trans issues, from a bit of a detached, but not dispassionate writer. Read full review

Contents

TRAGIC MISREADINGS Queer Theorys Erasure of Transgender Subjectivity
9
THEORY TROUBLE Social Scientific Research and Transgendered People
24
BEYOND TEXTUALIST AND OBJECTIVIST THEORY Toward a Reflexive Poststructuralist Sociology
39
CULTURE
71
A GANG OF TRANNIES Gendered Discourse and Punk Culture
73
GENDERED NATIONALISMS AND NATIONALIZED GENDERS The Use of Metaphor in Mass Culture and US Transsexual Activism
93
RESEARCH
133
GENDERBASHING Sexuality Gender and the Regulation of Public Space
135
ACCESS DENIED The Experiences of Transsexuals and Transgendered People with Health Care and Social Services in Toronto
157
CLINICAL RESEARCH OR COMMUNITY HEALTH? Transsexual Perceptions of Gender Identity Clinics
190
THE ADMINISTRATION OF ERASURE The Bureaucracy of Legal Sex a Vicious Circle of Administration and HIVAIDS in Quebec
235
CONCLUSION
264
NOTES
273
BIBLIOGRAPHY
313
INDEX
333
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About the author (2000)

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.

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