Transsexual agents: negotiating authenticity and embodiment within the UK’s medicolegal system

Davy, Zowie (2010) Transsexual agents: negotiating authenticity and embodiment within the UK’s medicolegal system. In: Transgender Identities: towards a social analysis of gender diversity. Routledge research in gender and society (24). Routledge, New York, pp. 106-126. ISBN 9780415999304

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Abstract

In this chapter, I look at the complex encounters transpeople have with ontological claims made by experts within medical and legal institutions, and how transpeople dynamically shape their negotiations with them. I will be using the term ‘medicolegal’ following Butler (1993) to conceptualise the relationship between medical and legal regulatory norms, which function to constitute ‘authentic’ transmen and ‘authentic’ transwomen in society. Transpeople often foster relationships with medicine in order to negotiate aesthetic interventions through technology, and/or to receive legal recognition in their acquired gender. During these relational negotiations, both transpeople and medicolegal representatives construct, deconstruct and reconstruct various narratives of (trans) authenticity, deserving of medical interventions and legal recognition.

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Additional Information:In this chapter, I look at the complex encounters transpeople have with ontological claims made by experts within medical and legal institutions, and how transpeople dynamically shape their negotiations with them. I will be using the term ‘medicolegal’ following Butler (1993) to conceptualise the relationship between medical and legal regulatory norms, which function to constitute ‘authentic’ transmen and ‘authentic’ transwomen in society. Transpeople often foster relationships with medicine in order to negotiate aesthetic interventions through technology, and/or to receive legal recognition in their acquired gender. During these relational negotiations, both transpeople and medicolegal representatives construct, deconstruct and reconstruct various narratives of (trans) authenticity, deserving of medical interventions and legal recognition.
Keywords:Medicolegal system, transsexual, authenticity
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:2522
Deposited By: Zowie Davy
Deposited On:21 May 2010 20:25
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:38

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