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Transgender Migrations
The Bodies, Borders, and Politics of Transition

Edited By

Trystan Cotten

ISBN 9780415888462
Published July 20, 2011 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

Transgender Migrations brings together a top-notch collection of emerging and established scholars to examine the way that the term "migration" can be used not only to look at the way trans bodies migrate from one gender to the (an?) other, but the way that trans people migrate in the larger geopolitical contexts of immigration reform, the war on terror, the war on drugs, and the increased policing of national borders.

The book centers trans-ing experiences, identities, and politics, and treats these identities as inextricably intertwined with other social identities, institutions, and discourses of sexuality, nationality, race and ethnicity, globalization, colonialism, and terrorism. The chapter authors explore not only the movement of bodies in, through, and across spaces and borders, but also chart the metamorphoses of these bodies in relation to migration and mobility.

Transgender Migrations takes the theory documented in The Transgender Studies Reader and blows it up to a global scale. It is the logical next step for scholarship in this dynamic, emerging field.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Migration and Morphing

Trystan T. Cotten

Part I

Affective Alien(n)ations and (Re)territorialization


Chapter 1: Colorful Bodies in the Multikulti Metropolis: On the Neoliberal and Punitive Bases of Trans Vitality and Victimology in the Berlin Hate Crime Debate

Jin Haritaworn

Chapter 2: Forging "Moral Geographies": Law, Sexual Minorities and Internal Tensions in Northern Mexico Border Towns

Vek Lewis

Part II

Trans Aesthetics, Counterpublics and Spatiality

Chapter 3: Transgender Movement(s) and Beating the Straight Flush: Building an Art of Trans Washrooms

Don Romesburg

Lucas Crawford

Chapter 4: Queer Exteriors: Transgender Aesthetics in Early Gay and Lesbian Travel Advertising

Quinn Miller

Chapter 5: Spider/City/Sex

Eva Hayward

Part III

Transectionalities: Mapping Multiple Migrations

Chapter 6: Passing for White, Passing for Man: Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man as Transgender Narrative 

C. Riley Snorton

Chapter 7: Longevity and Limits in Rae Bourbon’s Life in Motion

Don Romesburg


Part IV

Troubling Trans- and Queer Theory

Chapter 8: The Trans Travel Narrative: Provincializing Transsexuality

Aren Aizura

Chapter 9: TRANS/SCRIPTIONS: Home, (Trans)sexual Citizenship and Racialized Bodies

Nael Bhanji

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Trystan Cotten is Assistant Professor of Ethnic and Gender Studies at California State University--Stanislaus.