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A timely second edition of the classic text on transgender history, with a new introduction and updated material throughout

Covering American transgender history from the mid-20th century to today, Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II; trans radicalism and social change, which spanned from 1966 with the publication of The Transsexual Phenomenon and lasted through the early 1970s; the mid-'70s to 1990 - the era of identity politics and the changes witnessed in trans circles through these years; and the gender issues witnessed through the '90s and '00s.

Transgender History includes informative sidebars highlighting quotes from major texts and speeches in transgender history and brief biographies of key players, plus excerpts from transgender memoirs and discussion of treatments of transgenderism in popular culture.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Susan Stryker (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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essential, wide ranging, introductory

fascinating, educational, a little jargon heavy, a vital font of historical and contemporary trans experience

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Superb, thorough, nuanced, accessible, and simply field-defining volume

Stryker’s book is the definitive first point of reference for anyone intending to become acquainted with the topic, and equally for those who are already well-versed in it. Though chronologically ordered, the book’s narrative skillfully weaves in numerous topics and issues that intersect with this chronology — a glance at the table of contents and the main headings will provide a way better overview than what could possibly be offered here. Transgender History is clearly not a book about something that came, went, and now – at most – lends itself to multiple potential interpretations. It is a current and unfolding history of a diverse and dynamic people. Despite the clunkiness of my expression in the previous sentence, which mixes plural and singular forms, I’d still say “a people” not “a group”, precisely because as Stryker’s presentation of this material makes evident, who is and is not among these people is itself a constantly-evolving matter. Stryker’s thoroughness, combined with her flair, has produced an engaging and very accessible narrative that could be picked up and makes for a gripping read (or listen, for the Audible version) by scholars and lay people alike. It is a narrative that provides a very helpful and much appreciated lens through which to understand the shape of this topic. At the same time, her book also recognizes its own – and encourages the reader to engage in exercising their – capacity to shape what future events might unfold, and how they may eventually come to be understood. A superb contribution to scholarship, an exceptional book for anyone seeking to find a point of reference for the shape and context of their own or others’ trans* lives, and the Audible version was just a pleasure to listen to as (at least for my ears) Emily Cauldwell’s narration gets the tone just right.

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  • Nick G
  • 12-03-2019

something for everyone to learn

Amazing. Well researched and presented. As a history buff and an transman I can't say how much I appreciated every word of this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-2019

Excellent text, slightly disappointing performance

This is an excellent book, but the performer mispronounces a thing or two, including... Foucault's name. Oy. If you're a performer, don't guess at how to pronounce things you don't know. Look it up!

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  • MiaAndrea
  • 22-10-2019

loved it dearly. I recommend this to all.

A very interesting look into Transgender life threw the last 100 or so years. A real documentation of trans stories and the separation between my trans community and the United States at large and how we're trying to come together.

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  • Zach Swanson
  • 06-01-2021

An Excellent Listen!

I thoroughly enjoyed the informative approach to the historic events and break down of terms.

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  • MrGetFitz
  • 31-12-2020

Choc-full of information

Great overview of history that drove and defined transgender progress. A little lengthy at times but the information builds upon itself. Peppered throughout with game changers, historical highlights, policy and different perspectives. A great read and eye and heart opening.

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  • Amaya
  • 24-09-2020

Awesome History lesson

This book should be on every instructors class syllabus! Loved it but it was long.

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  • brittany presson
  • 09-08-2020

Excellent!

Loved this book for its deep dive into the history of trans folx in the United States. It's a wonderful asset for those transitioning and for those that wish to know more about the struggle for transgender rights. The narration was exceptional! The section on terms before the historical chapters helps guide the listener. Glad to have read this book!

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  • Rikki Arundel
  • 02-09-2018

An excellent updated review of US trans history

Loved this book because a lot of the recent struggle for trans rights in the US has not been reported here in tge UK. This updated edition in particular puts the recent backlash against trans people into perspectuve and shows how the radical feminist transphobia (TERF Wars) is nothing more than a resurgence of tired and bigotted rhetoric that has reared its ugly head at regular intervals since the sixties. i would have liked to hear more about the pre twentieth century history.

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  • Amber
  • 20-08-2018

Still not equal

Why do so many people feel the need to persecute minorities? If we could only appreciate everyones differences how much richer we would all be. This book gives a difficult subject a very open and clear airing, trans seems to be the last taboo, despite the inspiring work of so many clear minded people, often referred to as activists but in my mind just people who want to explain more about trans issues and get equal treatment for trans people, it is extraordinary how that could be controversial, I feel that I have a much better grasp if the milestones in the historical development of trans issues and trans rights. Infighting within LGBT+ groups is so counter productive, the book describes many of the lgbt infighting issues without judging too much, which is the theme throughout the book Interesting, stimulating and a real good listen/read. A book describing a fight that makes you proud, unfortunately it makes you sad too. Unbiased in my opinion, there seems like there is so much more to say though.

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  • Alexandros Ap Greco
  • 04-12-2020

Informative audiobook

Informative audiobook, historical retrospection and gives light, answers to many questions. Recommended for people who wants to be informed about Transgender History.

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