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The Transgender Studies Reader 2

1st Edition

Edited by Susan Stryker, Aren Aizura


694 pages

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Over the past twenty years, transgender studies has emerged as a vibrant field of interdisciplinary scholarship. In 2006, Routledge’s The Transgender Studies Reader brought together the first definitive collection of the field. Since its publication, the field has seen an explosion of new work that has expanded the boundaries of inquiry in many directions. The Transgender Studies Reader 2 gathers these disparate strands of scholarship, and collects them into a format that makes sense for teaching and research.

Complementing the first volume, rather than competing with it, The Transgender Studies Reader 2 consists of fifty articles, with a general introduction by the editors, explanatory head notes for each essay, and bibliographical suggestions for further research. Unlike the first volume, which was historically based, tracing the lineage of the field, this volume focuses on recent work and emerging trends. To keep pace with this rapidly changing area, the second reader has a companion website, with images, links to blogs, video, and other material to help supplement the book.

For more information, visit the companion website at

Table of Contents

Introduction: Transgender Studies 2.0

I. Transgender Perspectives In (and On) Radical Political Economy

1. Normalized Transgressions: Legitimizing the Transsexual Body as Productive

Dan Irving

2. Retelling Racialized Violence, Remaking White Innocence: The Politics of Interlocking Oppressions in Transgender Day of Remembrance

Sarah Lamble

3. Artful Concealment and Strategic Visibility: Transgender Bodies and U.S. State Surveillance After 9/11

Toby Beauchamp

4. Tracing This Body: Transsexuality, Pharmaceuticals & Capitalism

Michelle O’Brien

5. Transsexual Necropolitics

Jin Haritaworn and C. Riley Snorton

II. Making Trans-Culture(s): Texts, Performances, Artifacts

6. “The White To Be Angry”: Vaginal Creme Davis’ Terrorist Drag

Jose Esteban Muñoz

7. Felt Matters

Jeanne Vaccaro

8. Groping Theory: Haptic Cinema and Trans-Curiosity in Hans Scheirl’s Dandy Dust

Eliza Steinbock

9. The Transgender Look

J. Halberstam

10. Embracing Transition, or Dancing in the Folds of Time

Julian Carter

III. Transsexing Humanimality

11. Selections from Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People

Joan Roughgarden

12. Animal Transsex

Myra Hird

13. Animals Without Genitals: Race and Transsubstantiation

Mel Chen

14. Lessons from a Starfish

Eva Hayward

15. Interdependent Ecological Transsex: Notes on Re/Production, “Transgender” Fish, and the Management of Populations, Species, and Resources

Bailey Keir

IV. Transfeminisms

16. Feminist Solidarity After Queer Theory: The Case of Transgender

Cressida Heyes

17. Inclusive Pedagogy in the Women’s Studies Classroom: Teaching the Kimberly Nixon Case

Viviane Namaste (with Georgia Sitara)

18. Skirt Chasers: Why the Media Depicts the Trans Revolution in Lipstick and Heels

Julia Serano

19. The Education of Little Cis: Cisgender and the Discipline of Opposing Bodies

A. Finn Enke

20. Our Bodies Are Not Ourselves: Tranny Guys and the Racialized Class Politics of Incoherence

Bobby Noble

V. Cross Talk: Contention and Complexity in Trans-Discourses

21. Body Shame, Body Pride: Lessons From the Disability Rights Movement

Eli Clare

22. The Pharmaco-Pornographic Regime: Sex, Gender, and Subjectivity in the Age of Punk Capitalism

Beatriz Preciado

23. Evil Deceivers and Make-Believers: On Transphobic Violence and the Politics of Illusion

Talia Mae Bettcher

24. “Still At the Back of the Bus”: Sylvia Rivera’s Struggle

Jessi Gan

25. Transgender Subjectivity and the Logic of Sexual Difference

Shanna Carlson

VI. Timely Matters: Temporality and Trans-historicity

26. Towards A Transgender Archaeology: A Queer Rampage Through Prehistory

Mary Weismantel

27. Selections from “Before the Tribade: Medieval Anatomies of Female Masculinity and Pleasure”

Karma Lochrie

28. Extermination of the Joyas: Gendercide in Spanish California

Deborah A. Miranda

29. Before Transgender: Transvestia’s Gender Spectrum, 1960-1980

Robert Hill

30. Reading Transsexuality in “Gay” Tehran (Around 1979)

Afsaneh Najmabadi

VII. Being There: The (Im)material Locations of Trans-Phenomena

31. Between Surveillance and Liberation: The Lives of Cross-Dressed Male Sex Workers in Early Postwar Japan

Todd Henry

32. An Ethics of Transsexual Difference: Luce Irigaray and the Place of Sexual Undecideability

Gayle Salamon

33. Touching Gender: Abjection and the Hygienic Imagination

Sheila Cavanaugh

34. Perverse Citizenship: Divas, Marginality, and Participation in “Loca-Lization”

Marcia Ochoa

35. Thinking Figurations Otherwise: Reframing Dominant Knowledges of Sex and Gender Variance in Latin America

Vek Lewis

VIII. Going Somewhere: Transgender Movement(s)

36. Transgender Without Organs? Mobilizing a Geo-affective Theory of Gender Modification

Lucas Crawford

37. Longevity and Limits in Rae Bourbon’s Life in Motion

Don Romesberg

38. The Romance of the Amazing Scalpel: Race, Affect and Labor in Thai Gender Reassignment Clinics

Aren Z. Aizura

39. Trans/scriptions: Homing Desires, (Trans)sexual Citizenship and Racialized Bodies

Nael Bhanji

40. Transportation: Translating Filipino/Filipino-American Tomboy Masculinities Through Seafaring and Migration

Kale Fajardo

IX. Biopolitics and the Administration of Trans-Embodiment(s)

41. Kaming Mga Talyada (We Who Are Sexy): The Transsexual Whiteness of Christine Jorgensen in the (Post)Colonial Philippines

Susan Stryker

42. Electric Brilliancy: Cross-Dressing Law and Freak Show Displays in Nineteenth- Century San Francisco

Clare Sears

43. Shuttling Between Bodies and Borders: Transmigration and the Politics of Rightful Killing

Sima Shakhsari

44. Silhouettes of Defiance: the memorialization of historical sites of queer and transgender resistance in an age of neoliberal inclusivity

Che Gossett

45. Neutering the Transgendered: Human Rights and Japan’s Law No. 111

Laura Norton

X. Trans-oriented Practices, Policies, and Social Change

46. “We Won't Know Who You Are”: Contesting Sex Designations in New York City Birth Certificates

Paisley Currah and Lisa Jean Moore

47. Reinscribing Normality: The Politics of Transgender Marriage

Ruthann Robson

48. Performance as Intravention: Ballroom Culture and the Politics of HIV/AIDS in Detroit

Marlon Bailey

49. Transgender as Mental Illness: Nosology, Social Justice, and the Tarnished Golden Mean

Nick Gorton

50. Building an Abolitionist Trans & Queer Movement with Everything We’ve Got

Dean Spade, Morgan Bassichis and Alex Lee

About the Editors

Susan Stryker is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, and Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona.

Aren Z. Aizura is Mellon Postdoctoral Associate at the Institute for Research on Women and the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies