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The Transgender Studies Reader

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  265 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Transgender studies is the latest area of academic inquiry to grow out of the exciting nexus of queer theory, feminist studies, and the history of sexuality. Because transpeople challenge our most fundamental assumptions about the relationship between bodies, desire, and identity, the field is both fascinating and contentious. The Transgender Studies Reader puts between tw ...more
Hardcover, 752 pages
Published June 9th 2006 by Routledge (first published December 1st 2003)
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ncn nothing
Feb 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
no more androgynous naked torsos on covers of books about trans stuff! no, seriously.
Cole Jack
This collection has incredible span from early (mostly) problematic depictions of transgender identity to contemporary academic articles. The inclusion of historical documents in addition to the academic articles included provides information about the historical response to transgender identities that are often overlooked.

The flaw I saw in this anthology is the limited number of transgender people of color contributing. I also hope the second Transgender Studies Reader devotes a larger portion
Q1: is this book worth ~$80?
A1: many of the articles in this book are available free online or in other (much less expensive) volumes, also via JSTOR if you have access via a university

Q2: why do you believe it deserves 4 stars?
A2: in the sense of ~*~archiving~*~ a relatively new an extremely varied set of fields of study that are generally classed as "transgender studies" it is a really invaluable resource (esp. if you are involved in some sort of academic work). Also if you want *context* it i
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I pulled this out to show a friend a classic essay that I'd otherwise have had to move three boxes of papers to find... and by the time I was done browsing the table of contents I didn't want to lend it to my friend anymore! This is the trans studies bible.
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a lot of work. These are deep essays which require some focus to really understand. That said, it's well worth the effort. We live in a world which has brought forward transgender issues in ways which have not been healthy or productive. I speak of the spate of bathroom bills and the rhetoric and justifications that have surrounded them. None have seemed to open the space for understanding, but the denial of rights to one is a diminishing of the rights of us all. These essays were well c ...more
Gabe Riggs
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful anthology on transgender subjectivity within a variety of realms, including queer theory and critical race theory.
Jan 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trans-focus
Includes many of the formative writings on trans folk over the past several decades. Instead of ignoring folks like Janice Raymond, some of the more trans-negative writings have been included, but so have critiques and analysis of them. An excellent way to brush up on the history of the trans movement.
Tara Calaby
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent collection of essays about trans subjects. While it has a trans accepting perspective overall, it also includes essays by anti-trans writers, which I think makes it a more useful academic collection.
Kevin Holden
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May 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! Brings the leading Transgender thinkers together.
Dec 27, 2016 marked it as to-read
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Read, then donated to a university library.
Oct 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
There is an amazing collection of essays, article, papers in here. I think this book is essentially for anyone who claims to be interested in gender.
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Susan O'Neal Stryker is an American professor, author, filmmaker, and theorist whose work focuses on gender and human sexuality. She is an associate professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Arizona, and is the director of the university's Institute for LGBT Studies. She has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Simon Fra ...more
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