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Invisible Lives: The Erasure of Transsexual and Transgendered People (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author


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


Product Details
ISBN: 9780226568102
ISBN-10: 0226568105
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: December 15th, 2000
Pages: 320
Language: English