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Transgender History

Susan Stryker

Transgender History

by Susan Stryker

Transgender History

Susan Stryker

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This essential account of American transgender history is an indispensable introduction to one of the most significant social and political movements of our time.

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Transgender History

by Susan Stryker

Transgender History

Susan Stryker

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Transgender issues are at the forefront of contemporary social and political debates, often used as a lightning rod over culture wars between conservatives and progressives. But many people aren't aware of the long history of transgenderism, and the ongoing struggles trans people face; struggles increasingly considered to be the civil rights issues of our time.

Transgender History provides a chronological overview of the key moments, movements, and figures that have fought for trans rights in a world hostile to deviations from normative categories. Susan Stryker is a lesbian trans woman, professor, theorist, and filmmaker whose scholarly work focuses on gender, queer history, and culture.

Stryker assembles an expansive portrait of trans identity and issues through a progressive feminist lens. She covers post-World War II transvestism and transsexualism, the radical movements of the 1960s and 1970s, through the identity politics of the 1980s and 1990s, and into contemporary transgenderism.

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