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Transforming Gender, Sex, and Place

Gender Variant Geographies, 1st Edition

By Lynda Johnston


192 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2018-08-03
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Transgender, gender variant and intersex people are in every sector of all societies, yet little is known about their relationship to place. Using a trans, feminist and queer geographical framework, this book invites readers to consider the complex relationship between transgender people, spaces and places.

This book addresses questions such as, how is place and space transformed by gender variant bodies, and vice versa? Where do some gender variant people feel in and / or out of place? What happens to space when binary gender is unravelled and subverted? Exploring the diverse politics of gender variant embodied experiences through interviews and community action, this book demonstrates that gendered bodies are constructed through different social, cultural and economic networks. Firsthand stories and international examples reveal how transgender people employ practices and strategies to both create and contest different places, such as: bodies; homes; bathrooms; activist spaces; workplaces; urban night spaces; nations and transnational borders.

Arguing that bodies, gender, sex and space are inextricably linked, this book brings together contemporary scholarly debates, original empirical material and popular culture to consider bodies and spaces that revolve around, and resist, binary gender. It will be a valuable resource in Geography, Gender and Sexuality studies.

Table of Contents

1 Transgressive bodies and places: Bending binaries 2 ‘There’s like a gazillion gender options now’ 3 Homes and familial places: Transitional spaces 4 Public and private (in)conveniences 5 Gender activism and alliances: Transforming place through protest 6 ‘I find it a bit weird at work coming out’: (In)secure workplace geographies 7 Sexed up and gender fluid urban nightscapes: Inclusive spaces? 8 Transnational and in transit(ion): Documenting bodies, nations and mobilities 9 Beyond, and back to, binaries

About the Author


Lynda Johnston is Deputy Dean, Associate Dean Academic and Professor of Geography at the University of Waikato. The current Chair of the International Geographical Union Commission on Gender and Geography (2016–2020), Lynda has also served as Editor for Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography. Transforming Gender, Sex, and Place builds on previously published research, such as: gender and body building; pride politics and festivals; activism; drag queens and kings; queer sporting events and urban tourism.

About the Series

Gender, Space and Society

Gender, Space and Society

The series on Gender, Space and Society publishes innovative feminist work that analyses men's and women's lives from a perspective that exposes and is committed to challenging social inequalities and injustices. The series reflects the ongoing significance and changing forms of gender, and of feminist ideas, in diverse social, geographical and political settings and adopts innovative methodological and philosophical approaches to understanding gender, space and society.

The themes it covers include, but are not restricted to:

  • The constitution and transformation of gender in different political and economic regimes around the world.
  • Men's and women's lived experiences of femininities and masculinities in diverse spaces and environments.
  • The ways in which gender is co-constituted and intersects with a range of other social identities, such as race, ethnicity, nationality, class, age, generation, religion, (dis)ability, sexual orientation, body size and health status in different places and times.
  • Challenging distinctions and offering new understandings of the relationships between public/private, economic/social (re)production, geopolitical/intimate and so on.
  • Destabilising the binary man/woman, and developing more complex ways of understanding gendered social and spatial relations.
  • Developing theoretical perspectives that shed light on the changing nature of gender relations, such as indigenous, postcolonial, queer, Marxist, poststructuralist and non-representational feminist theories.
  • Exploring innovation in methodology, praxis, knowledge co-production and activism as means of challenging social injustices.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography