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Redoing Gender: How Nonbinary Gender Contributes Toward Social Change

Redoing Gender: How Nonbinary Gender Contributes Toward Social Change

by Helana Darwin

Paperback(1st ed. 2021)

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Daily encounters with the binary gender system are fraught for those who do not fit comfortably within this restrictive system—such as those who identify as neither man nor woman, or for people who identify as both, or for those who experience gender as unstable and fluid.

This book illuminates the restrictive impact of this gender binary system upon people’s daily lives through interviews with 47 gender nonbinary people. Chapters illustrate some processes that help nonbinary people discover and assert their gender, including rethinking sex and gender, resignifying gender through visual and verbal cues, redoing relationships, and resisting institutional erasure. Collectively, these laborious processes contribute towards what sociologists call the “redoing” of gender.

The diverse experiences of nonbinary people in this book will help cisgender friends, coworkers, teachers, classmates, and family members of nonbinary people relate to gender minorities with more compassion, and may also appeal to those who are questioning their own gender. In addition, this text will be of keen interest to academics across Sociology and Gender Studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783030836160
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 02/08/2022
Edition description: 1st ed. 2021
Pages: 157
Sales rank: 538,819
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

​Helana Darwin is an award-winning sociologist with a PhD in Sociology whose research focuses on social inequality and abuses of power. She has published in peer-reviewed journals including Gender & Society; Gender, Culture, Place: A Journal of Feminist Geography; Social Currents; Sociology of Religion; Contemporary Jewry; Symbolic Interaction; and Feminist Media Studies. See for contact details and more about her research.

Table of Contents


List of Abbreviations



1. Reconsidering the “Gender Revolution”

2. Rethinking Sex and Gender

3. Resignifying Gender

4. Redoing Relationships

5. Resisting Erasure

6. Regression and Progress

7. Conclusion

Demographics Table

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From the Publisher

"In this, one of the first studies of people who identify as non-binary, Helana Darwin masterfully balances the voices of her participants with an astute sociological analysis. Not only does this book provide important insight into how people who identify as non-binary understand their identities and navigate social relationships, it also has much to say about doing, undoing, and redoing gender for everyone regardless of gender identity. This book is an important contribution to our sociological understanding of gender."
Mimi Schippers, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, Tulane University, USA

Redoing Gender boldly shines a spotlight on nonbinary experiences in what is a significant contribution to trans studies. Darwin’s Redoing Gender is a necessary addition to the literature on gender and sex in the current era. Our interactions and institutions must shift in order to make room for nonbinary bodies, identities, and experiences. Darwin carves out a space for doing gender theory to grow in ways that expect rather than accommodate gender diversity. Darwin has proven herself to be an astute contender in the theoretical arena. This book offers us a new paradigm for understanding gender, and our relationship to and experience of it, while lifting up the experiences of nonbinary people who perhaps have the most at stake in this gender revolution. Academics, cisgender and binary trans allies, and those working with trans and nonbinary populations are sure to benefit from engaging with this text.”
Austin Johnson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Kenyon College, USA

"At a time when we are simultaneously experiencing increasing visibility of nonbinary genders and legal and physical violence against gender non-conforming people, Redoing Gender provides a timely exploration of changing conceptions of gender beyond the cis/trans binary. Darwin asks key questions, like how nonbinary people achieve their gender in a society that denies and erases their existence through accountability structures. In doing this, she reengages the foundational doing gender theory in an accessible manner, allowing us to reimagine the possibilities of gender in the first place. This text is an invaluable resource to scholars, policy makers, activists, and the public alike."
Megan Nanney, East Carolina University, USA, and Chair of Sociologists for Trans Justice

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