Sex Change, Social Change: Reflections on Identity, Institutions, and Imperialism provides readers with an authoritative introduction to contemporary transsexual politics in Canadian and Québécois contexts. Through different case studies relating to the law, human rights, health care, and prostitution, Dr. Namaste exposes readers to the complex issues involved in how transsexual politics and feminism interrelate. Written in accessible language, and including interviews, essays, and political speeches, Sex Change, Social Change will appeal to academics and to activists in the community, as well as to the general reader. The second edition has been thoroughly updated with five new chapters and includes new commentary on the readings from the first edition.
All royalties from the sale of this book go to PASAN (Prisoners' HIV/AIDS Support Action Network), in particular their emergency fund that provides modest amounts of money to prisoners upon their release. These funds enable people to secure housing, go to a job interview, and/or replace their identity documents.
Chapter 1: Making the Lives of Transsexual People Visible: Addressing the Politics of Social Erasure
Chapter 2: Sex Change, Social Change: Reflections on Identity and Institutions
Chapter 3: Transsexuals Behind Bars
Chapter 4: Beyong Image Content: Examining Transsexuals’ Access to the Media
Chapter 5: Inclusive Pedagogy in the Women’s Studies Classroom: Teaching the Kimberly Nixon Case Written in collaboration with Georgia Sitara
Chapter 6: Statement for Social Service Agencies and Transsexual/Transgender Organizations on Service Delivery to Transsexual and Transvestite Prostitutes With Monica Forrester, Jamie-Lee Hamilton, Viviane Namaste, and Mirha-Soleil Ross
Chapter 7: Ten Things to Know about Trans People and HIV
Chapter 8: “Activists can’t go on forever acting in the abstract”: An Interview with Mirha-Soleil Ross
Chapter 9: Against Transgender Rights: Understanding the Imperialism of Contemporary Transgender Politics
Chapter 10: “Formal equality can actually be seen to function as a barrier to substantive equality”: An Interview with Lane Mandlis
Chapter 11: Critical Research and Activisms on Trans Issues in Latin America: An Interview with Vek Lewis
Chapter 12: “Tragic Misreadings”: Queer Theory’s Erasure of Transgender Subjectivity
Chapter 13: Undoing Theory: “The Transgender Question” and the Epistemic Violence of Anglo-American Feminist Theory
Viviane Namaste is a Professor and Research Chair in HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University in Montreal.
"Because of its brevity, accessibility, and passion, Sex Change, Social Change is an outstanding choice for feminists, students, social theorists, and community workers not already enmeshed in transsexual and transgender conversations; for those of us who already are, it is essential reading."
C. Jacob Hale, Professor, Department of Philosophy, California State University
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