Warner, Tom (2002). Never Going Back: A History of Queer Activism
to reviewer Richard Burnett at amazon.com, Tom Warner,
Johnston, Dawn E. B. Spatial In(queer)ies: Queer Space as Queer Voice in
Namaste, Viviane (2000). Invisible Lives: The Erasure of Transsexual
and Transgendered People.
From a reviewer at amazon.com, 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.
From a Canadian reviewer:
First, this is one of the few volumes I've read where the situation of transgenderists/transsexuals in
Thanks to Dr. Namaste, we have an overview of the situation of TG/TS people with respect to:
Violence: Chapter 6, Genderbashing, focuses on the situation of TG sex-workers in Montral and how they're related to the gay communities by the police -basically, how they are erased from view in statistics and studies;
Access to government programs in Canada: Chapter 7, Access Denied, deals with the policies of the GIC of the Clark Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto -how in the screening process and help system the input of the TS hirself is ignored (only three GIC clinics in Canada can recommend a person for government-sponsored SRS: in Toronto, Montral and Vancouver);
Treatment of TS/TG people in these clinics: Chapter 8, Clinical Research or Community Health? -this chapter mainly delves into the way GICs are seen by the people receiving or who have received services at them at some point, in this sense it is a first;
The bureaucracy trap and how it influences care: Chapter 9, The Administration of Erasure -again centred on HIV/AIDS as a problem among TG sex workers in Qubec, although the difficulties in dealing with the system are also explored.
Overall, this book is a must for any serious researcher and
transsexuals/transgenderists living in
areas of marginalization/oppression in
Sherry Devereaux Ferguson (ed.), Leslie Regan Shade (ed.)
Book Code: AB5961
328 pages, photos, tables
According to a reviewer at amazon.com, No previous volume has collected as interesting and broad a collection of essays on Canadian discourse and culture. This volume of representative case studies reflects the Canadian experience in terms of discourse, society, and public culture, linking its discussions to larger political and social issues and theories. Topics include:
Multidisciplinary perspectives from a mix of established and
emerging Canadian studies scholars converge in a highly readable, engaging, and
unique book that offers a distinctive portrait of a nation not nearly as well
understood as its proximity to the