Transgender History

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Da Capo Press, Jan 7, 2009 - Social Science - 208 pages
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Covering American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II; trans radicalism and social change, which spanned from 1966 with the publication of The Transsexual Phenomenon, and lasted through the early 1970s; the mid-'70s to 1990-the era of identity politics and the changes witnessed in trans circles through these years; and the gender issues witnessed through the '90s and '00s.

Transgender History includes informative sidebars highlighting quotes from major texts and speeches in transgender history and brief biographies of key players, plus excerpts from transgender memoirs and discussion of treatments of transgenderism in popular culture.
 

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User Review  - bness2 - LibraryThing

Well written and fascinating. I learned some things about the history of transgenderism that I had never heard before. Notably, cooperation among gay and lesbian advocates and transgendered ... Read full review

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User Review  - kyuuketsukirui - LibraryThing

A better title for the book would be Transgender History in the US, as there's barely any acknowledgement that other countries exist, much less that there might be trans people living there. It's also ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue vii
Chapter 1 An Introduction to Transgender Terms and Concepts 1
Chapter 2 A Hundred Years of Transgender History 31
Chapter 3 Transgender Liberation 59
Chapter 4 The Difficult Decades 91
Chapter 5 The Current Wave 121
Readers Guide 155
Further Reading and Resources 158
Sources 165
Index 175
Acknowledgments 185
About the Author 186
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Susan Stryker received her PhD in U.S. History at UC Berkeley in 1992. Her dissertation was on the origins of Mormonism as a case study in the formation of identity-based communities. She subsequently worked on the history of sexuality- and gender-based communities. She has been a lecturer, author/journalist, queer activist, and artist, a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University's History Department between 1998-2000, and the Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California, which runs its own exhibit/lecture series.

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