Transfeminist Perspectives in and beyond Transgender and Gender Studies


An argument for bringing transgender studies into women's studies departments and an exploration of the impact of trans issues in various aspects of higher education

Winner of the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction

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An argument for bringing transgender studies into women's studies departments and an exploration of the impact of trans issues in various aspects of higher education

Winner of the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction

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Editorial Reviews

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"Transfeminist Perspectives in and beyond Transgender and Gender Studies is a very worthwhile book. Enke is knowledgeable about the field, and frames the issues nicely, explicitly addressing some of the core problems in feminism and women’s studies. This anthology shrewdly demonstrates how transgender studies can do feminist work, and it goes a long way toward furthering that important critical/political task."
—Susan Stryker, Professor of Gender & Women's Studies at the University of Arizona, and author of Transgender History

"Transfeminist Perspectives in and beyond Transgender and Gender Studies, is a smart, well-written, and appealing book. Enke has defined, explained, and situated the concept of ‘transfeminism’ vis-à-vis the study of gender. Her book is truly multi-disciplinary and the essays address the challenges that trans students, researchers of transgender subjects, and teachers of trans/feminist theory and activism face. This will be an important book."
—Paisley Currah, Professor of Political Science at the Brooklyn College of New York, and co-editor (with Richard Juang and Shannon Minter) of Transgender Rights

"Enke’s book is crucial to teaching how gender identity and trans issues have shifted and will continue to push gender studies. There is no other collection on transgender theory and action that has this level of detail and focus on higher education and gender studies-related disciplinary concerns. Transfeminist Perspectives in and beyond Transgender and Gender Studies, examines how institutions as lived contexts shape everyday life and thus the context for thinking, learning and researching trans issues. Enke’s introductory essay is superb, and the collection's interdisciplinary range is comprehensive—it covers key topics in gender studies, and it provides theoretical and experiential critiques of the field of gender studies as well. This is an indispensable volume."
—Cris Mayo, Associate Professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and author of Disputing the Subject of Sex: Sexuality and Public School Controversies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439907467
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 5/4/2012
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Enke is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, History, and LGBT Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Transfeminist Perspectives A. Finn Enke 1

Note on Terms and Concepts A. Finn Enke 16

Part I "This Much Knowledge": Flexible Epistemologies

1 Gender/Sovereignty Vic Muñoz 23

2 "Do These Earrings Make Me Look Dumb?" Diversity, Privilege, and Heteronormative Perceptions of Competence within the Academy Kate Forbes 34

3 Trans. Panic. Some Thoughts toward a Theory of Feminist Fundamentalism Bobby Noble 45

4 The Education of Little Cis: Cisgender and the Discipline of Opposing Bodies A. Finn Enke 60

Part II Categorical Insufficiencies and "Impossible People"

5 College Transitions: Recommended Policies for Trans Students and Employees Clark A. Pomerleau 81

6 "Ain't I a Woman?" Transgender and Intersex Student Athletes in Women's Collegiate Sports Pat Griffin 98

7 Training Disservice: The Productive Potential and Structural Limitations of Health as a Terrain for Trans Activism Christoph Hanssmann 112

8 Transnational Transgender Rights and Immigration Law Aren Z. Aizura 133

Part III Valuing Subjects: Toward Unexpected Alliances

9 Elusive Subjects: Notes on the Relationship between Critical Political Economy and Trans Studies Dan Irving 153

10 Reclaiming Femininity Julia Serano 170

11 What's Wrong with Trans Rights? Dean Spade 184

12 When Something Is Not Right Ryka Aoki 195

Notes 203

Bibliography 233

Contributors 249

Index 253

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