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Ftm: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society
     

Ftm: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society

by Holly Devor, Jamison James Green (Foreword by)
 

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Holly Devor spent many years compiling indepth interviews and researching the lives of transsexual and transgendered people, many of whom became her friends. She traces the everyday and significant events that coalesce in transsexual identity, culminating in gender and sex transformation. After an introduction which grounds the discussion in historical and

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Holly Devor spent many years compiling indepth interviews and researching the lives of transsexual and transgendered people, many of whom became her friends. She traces the everyday and significant events that coalesce in transsexual identity, culminating in gender and sex transformation. After an introduction which grounds the discussion in historical and theoretical contexts, the author takes a life course approach to understanding female-to-male transsexualism. Using her subjects' own words as illustrations, Devor looks at how childhood, adolescent, and adult experiences with family members, peers, and lovers work to shape and clarify female-to-male transsexuals' images of themselves as people who should be men.

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Reports and analyzes results of interviews with 45 self-identified female-to-male transsexuals. Devor (sociology, U. of Victoria) focuses on the processes by means of which people come to identify themselves as members of a seemingly incongruous social group and them remake their lives so that they function as apparently native- born members of the group. She concludes that most issues confronted by transsexuals are neither theoretically nor practically distinct from those faced by other members of society. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9780253336316
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Pages:
720
Product dimensions:
6.53(w) x 9.59(h) x 1.94(d)

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