Transgender spectrum: a move away from hierarchies

Davy, Zowie (2007) Transgender spectrum: a move away from hierarchies. In: Lesbian Lives VII, University College Dublin.

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Abstract

Transgender studies flourished in the 1980s and 90s. During this time there was a political shift from the term ‘transsexual’ to ‘transgender’– at least in some circles – which was announced to be important politically as a way of changing associations between the ‘transsexual’ and the medical construction of gender variance. The replacement of the ‘transsexual’ would help define and refocus the debate on ‘the most important’ element of trans people’s lives, that of, gender identity.However, division began to appear between transpeople on the basis of recognition. This paper explores these divisions and suggests how transgender politics may build bridges over the political ravine.

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Additional Information:Transgender studies flourished in the 1980s and 90s. During this time there was a political shift from the term ‘transsexual’ to ‘transgender’– at least in some circles – which was announced to be important politically as a way of changing associations between the ‘transsexual’ and the medical construction of gender variance. The replacement of the ‘transsexual’ would help define and refocus the debate on ‘the most important’ element of trans people’s lives, that of, gender identity.However, division began to appear between transpeople on the basis of recognition. This paper explores these divisions and suggests how transgender politics may build bridges over the political ravine.
Keywords:transgender politics, transgender studies
Subjects:L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:5047
Deposited By: Zowie Davy
Deposited On:06 Apr 2012 12:25
Last Modified:28 Aug 2014 13:01

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