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Invisible Lives is the first scholarly study of transgendered people-cross-dressers, drag queens and transsexuals-and their everyday lives. Through combined theoretical and empirical study, Viviane K. Namaste argues that transgendered people are not so much produced by medicine or psychiatry as they are erased, or made invisible, in a variety of institutional and cultural settings. Namaste begins her work by analyzing two theoretical perspectives on transgendered people-queer theory and the social sciences-displaying how neither of these has adequately addressed the issues most relevant to sex change: everything from employment to health care to identity papers. Namaste then examines some of the rhetorical and semiotic inscriptions of transgendered figures in culture, including studies of early punk and glam rock subcultures, to illustrate how the effacement of transgendered people is organized in different cultural sites. Invisible Lives concludes with new research on some of the day-to-day concerns of transgendered people, offering case studies in violence, health care, gender identity clinics, and the law.

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Invisible Lives is the first scholarly study of transgendered people-cross-dressers, drag queens, and transsexuals-and their everyday lives. Through combined theoretical and empirical study, Viviane K. Namaste argues that transgendered people are not so much produced by medicine or psychiatry as they are erased, or made invisible, in a variety of institutional and cultural settings. Namaste begins her work by analyzing two theoretical perspectives on transgendered people-queer theory and the social sciences-displaying how neither of these has adequately addressed the issues most relevant to sex change: everything from employment to health care to identity papers. Namaste then examines some of the rhetorical and semiotic inscriptions of transgendered figures in culture, including studies of early punk and glam rock subcultures, to illustrate how the effacement of transgendered people is organized in different cultural sites. Invisible Lives concludes with new research on some of the day-to-day concerns of transgendered people, offering case studies in violence, health care, gender identity clinics, and the law.

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  • Title Invisible Lives: The Erasure of Transsexual and Transgendered People
  • Author Viviane Namaste
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition [ Edition: first
  • Pages 320
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
  • Date 2000-12-15
  • Illustrated Yes
  • ISBN 9780226568102 / 0226568105
  • Weight 1.15 lbs (0.52 kg)
  • Dimensions 9 x 6 x 0.79 in (22.86 x 15.24 x 2.01 cm)
  • Library of Congress subjects Transgender people - Canada, Transsexuals - Canada
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 00024155
  • Dewey Decimal Code 305.906

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  • Library Journal, 11/01/2000, Page 120

About the author

Viviane K. Namaste has a Ph.D. in semiotics from the Universit du Qubec Montral. She coordinates a community-based transsexual health care project of CACTUS- Montral, and is involved with different advisory committees and research initiatives related to prisons, transsexual health, HIV, prostitution, and harm reduction.
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