Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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308 pages
6 x 9 inches
October 2011
Print ISBN: 9780889614833


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.

Table of Contents


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



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