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The Transgender Studies Reader [Paperback]

Susan Stryker , Stephen Whittle

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June 9 2006 041594709X 978-0415947091 1
Transgender studies is the latest area of academic inquiry to grow out of the exciting nexus of queer theory, feminist studies, and the history of sexuality. Because transpeople challenge our most fundamental assumptions about the relationship between bodies, desire, and identity, the field is both fascinating and contentious. The Transgender Studies Reader puts between two covers fifty influential texts with new introductions by the editors that, taken together, document the evolution of transgender studies in the English-speaking world. By bringing together the voices and experience of transgender individuals, doctors, psychologists and academically-based theorists, this volume will be a foundational text for the transgender community, transgender studies, and related queer theory.

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"As both a prefix and an adjective, 'trans' goes over, across, and beyond, making the possibilities seem endless for trans(gender) studies. However, to advance or progress requires some point of departure. For trans(gender) studies to evolve, we must have a solid understanding of where it all began. The Transgender Studies Reader is indispensable for its ability to encapsulate the century of dialog that has become what appears to be a decade-old phenomenon."

— Brice Smith, Women's Studies Quarterly

About the Author

Susan Stryker is the Executive Director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society, and currently holds a Social Science Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Sexuality Studies in the History Department at Stanford University. Stephen Whittle is Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and coordinator of the United Kingdom FTM Network.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Text for Trans Issues and Theories. July 2 2006
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The depth and breadth of the articles included in this compendium are astounding to say the least. In one large volume the authors have included samples of writings representing the theoretical to the practical and the lived experience in a time line from the 19th century through the present. The Reader gives a sense of our shared history from a wide variety of view points which affirms all of our lives. As a transgendered person and college student, I recommend the The Transgender Reader to anyone looking for clues to our hidden culture and the world we struggle in everyday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Major Turning Points in Understanding Transgenderism and Gender Variant Expressions May 24 2013
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Thought it was an outstanding selection of writings over the last two centuries, along with educational commentary, that led to major changes in understanding variant gender expressions and social changes regarding the acceptance of various gender expressions. These changes have led to a fast growing acceptance of varied gender expressions and to an important new academic discipline of "Transgender Studies."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transgender (Studies) Reader Aug. 25 2006
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The book arrived promptly. It was needed for a course reserve so the prompt service and delivery were greatly appreciated.

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