Unlivable Lives: Violence and Identity in Transgender Activism

Unlivable Lives: Violence and Identity in Transgender Activism

by Laurel Westbrook

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Anti-violence movements rooted in identity politics are commonplace, including those to stop violence against people of color, women, and LGBT people. Unlivable Lives reveals the unintended consequences of this approach within the transgender rights movement in the United States. It illustrates how this form of activism obscures the causes of and lasting solutions to violence and exacerbates fear among members of the identity group, running counter to the goal of making lives more livable. Analyzing over a thousand documents produced by thirteen national organizations, Westbrook charts both a history of the movement and a path forward that relies less on identity-based tactics and more on intersectionality and coalition building. Provocative and galvanizing, this book envisions new strategies for anti-violence and social justice movements and will revolutionize the way we think about this form of activism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520316591
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/10/2020
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 928,160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Laurel Westbrook is Associate Professor of Sociology at Grand Valley State University and cofounder of Sociologists for Trans Justice.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

1. Unlivable Lives: The Origins and Outcomes of Identity-Based Anti-Violence Activism
2. Violence Matters: Producing Identity through Accounts of Murder
3. Atypical Archetypes: The Causes and Consequences of Famous Victims of Violence
4. Homogeneous Subjecthood: How Activists' Focus on Identity Obscures Patterns of Violence
5. Valuable and Vulnerable: How Activists' Tactical Repertoires Shape Subjecthood and Generate Fear
6. Shaping Solutions: How Identity Politics Influences Violence-Prevention Efforts
7. Facilitating Livable Lives: Alternative Approaches to Anti-Violence Activism

Appendix A: Transgender Anti-Violence Organizations
Appendix B: Collecting Data on Murders of Transgender People

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